Minister for Grand Bahama
, Dr. Michael Darville
said Monday that the engineer's report is in hand, tenders were expected to begin Monday, June 8 for the elevation of the Fishing Hole Road Causeway. (PHOTO:?TFN?FILES)
A solution to the flooding at the Hawksbill Creek, commonly known as the Fishing Hole, appears to be on the horizon, with tenders for the scope of work expected to begin Monday, June 8, said Minister for Grand Bahama
, Dr. Michael Darville
This revelation came Monday, June 8, when Darville told House of Assembly colleagues that significant advances have been made that will propel Grand Bahama closer to the ground breaking of the newly proposed, "elevated Fishing Hole Causeway.
, who was making his
presentation to the 2015-2016 Budget Debate said that over the past 15 years the project has faced several challenges, including and most recently, costal engineering geotechnical reports.
" We have now ascertained the engineering reports, which support the design-build concept.," � Darville
Pointing to drawings of the proposed elevation, Darville
noted, "This was one of several options that were considered, but was found to be the one that will lead to a more expedient start.
thanked several private sectors partner, including GB Harbour Company, GB Power Comper, the Freeport Container Port and Bahama Rock
" I look forward to working with each of them once the contract is awarded," � Darville
Finding a solution to the flooding at the Fishing Hole Road has been a challenge for governing parties over the years; however, last year (July 2014) Darville
said that plans were underway for an elevated causeway for the Fishing Hole Road.
During 2014 interview with this daily, he
noted, "The Ministry for Grand Bahama
in conjunction with the Ministry of Works as well as our private sector partners looked at the possibility for the construction of a bridge or a causeway for the Fishing Hole Road.
" In any major storm there is flooding in the area which cuts off west Grand Bahama
from Freeport and those individuals living in West Grand Bahama lose access to essential services," � Darville
The Minister for Grand Bahama
said the issue of flooding on the Fishing Hole Road has been a menacing problem for some time now; however he
is pleased to report that the government is one step closer to solving it.
" The government has been addressing this problem for many years and I'm pleased to report that with the work we've done here at the Ministry for Grand Bahama
, as well as the relevant engineers and major companies here on Grand Bahama we've found a solution for the Fishing Hole Road, which will be a causeway," � Darville
" The entire industrial sector, which is inclusive of the Harbor Company
, Bahama Rock
and all of the industrial sector that is on the side towards West End, we came together and found a workable solution for a new Fishing Hole causeway," � he
Minister Darville also said all groundwork for the project has been completed and they are now in the intricate planning stages with the engineers for the incoming roadway.