Construction begins for Dorian-damaged bridges on GB

All Bahamas Construction (ABC) Ltd. has been chosen by the Lucaya Service Company (LUSCO) to carry out restorative construction to the Casuarina Bridge and Sir Jack Hayward Bridge in the Lucaya area in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

LUSCO, a subsidiary of the Grand Bahama Development Company Ltd. (DEVCO), had studies commissioned to outline the impact Hurricane Dorian had on the two structures.

According to a statement, those reports were carried out by engineering experts. “The bridges remained structurally intact, however, all findings conclusively recommended repair, reconstruction and restoration of both bridges,” the statement noted.

“The full construction contracts for the bridges have been awarded to All Bahamas Construction (ABC) Limited. Integrated Building Services (IBS), which provided further consultation on the bridges’ superstructure and civil components, has been contracted as the engineer of record for the reconstruction projects.”

ABC and LUSCO signed the contract for the work on the Casuarina Bridge last Friday, the statement revealed, adding that construction began on Monday. 

The company will begin to remove a dislodged piece of the bridge from the waterway beneath beginning next week, which will result in a temporary closure. 

“LUSCO advises that, most recently, parts of the navigational railings at the Casuarina Bridge have been dislodged,” the statement pointed out.

“Portions are visible and other parts remain submerged and may impede or obstruct navigation. The waterway is presently passable, however, caution must be exercised.

 “LUSCO advises that, after consulting local partners including BASRA, the waterway will be closed on November 30 – December 2, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to remove the railings. To assist mariners, LUSCO has erected navigational signs in the area in an effort to mitigate safety incidents as it prepares for the restorative construction to occur.”

LUSCO stated it will complete the restorative construction on the bridges “in a timely manner”.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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