The government yesterday signed a nearly $3.3 million contract with Bahamas Marine Construction Co. Ltd. for the overhaul and stabilization of the Elbow Cay Dune, in Abaco.
The work is expected to take 30 weeks to complete.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis led a delegation to the island for the signing of the contract.
“Six prequalified construction companies were invited to tender for these works,” Minnis said.
“Bahamas Marine Construction Co. Ltd. submitted the lowest tender bid.
“In his proposal, the contractor outlined his construction methodology to execute the project.
“This demonstrated that they understood the various challenges at the site.
“The contractor also submitted all required documentation including a program of works.
“The contractor is well-known throughout the country and has undertaken recent construction works for the government.
“The quality of their work is known to be of a good standard.
“Based on the ministry’s recommendation, the government of The Bahamas approved that a contract be issued to Bahamas Marine Construction Co. Ltd in the amount of $3,263,665.44.”
Minnis noted that approval was also granted for a contingency sum due to the “high risk of unforeseen subsurface construction conditions, that may potentially lead to an increase in the amount of both filter and armor stones required.”
He did not indicate how much the contingency sum would be.
The Elbow Cay Dune has sustained severe damage over the years with the passage of hurricanes and tropical storms. Several unsuccessful reconstruction attempts were made.
“This sequence of events accelerated shoreline erosion which ultimately damaged the sea side edge of road,” Minnis said.
“This led to a sharp and dangerous drop off.
“Moreover, in some sections, traffic has been reduced to one lane of road width.”
The island’s local district council has underscored the need for precautionary measures to avoid the potential threat to human life and property.
“Immediate action is required to keep the road in a safe condition and to stabilize the shoreline to mitigate shoreline erosion,” Minnis added.
The prime minister also spoke to other infrastructure projects the government has planned for Abaco.
“You would be pleased to know that the Ministry of Public Works is also conducting roadworks at Green Turtle Cay and is about to commence retaining wall construction and installation of road markings,” he said.
“Additionally, the ministry has purchased a road marking machine which will be sent to Abaco – the training for which will be provided by the ministry’s staff.”