Long Isl. airport redevelopment set for 2021 completion

The redevelopment of the Deadman’s Cay Airport in Long Island is expected to be completed by August 2021, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister announced yesterday.

Speaking at a contract signing in Salt Pond, Long Island, Bannister said, “It is anticipated that the construction contracts will be tendered in March of next year with the construction completion date set for August 2021.”

He said Ferguson Architects, Engineering and Technical Services was awarded a $670,000 contract for the design of the airport.

Bannister was unable to provide a cost for the project.

However, he said funding will be provided for the execution of an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

“As I advised you on a previous trip, the government previously commissioned an airport masterplan for Long Island which looked at existing airports, possible locations for a new airport to identify the most favorable option,” Bannister said.

“The master plan determined that the most favorable option was the upgrading of the existing airport [in] Deadman’s Cay, Long Island.

“A request for proposals has been prepared to assist in identifying [an] architectural firm for the land site design, the terminal building, and a crash fire rescue building design…”

Bannister said the design work will be performed in “a complementary sequence” with separate tenders for each phase of the development.

The minister said the airport will feature a new terminal design and “redeveloped and extended runways”.

“The design will include standardized airport rescue firefighter facilities,” Bannister said.

“It must, at a minimum, meet all Bahamasair 21 IPO guidelines, so we’ll have a very safe airport. The new Deadman’s Cay Airport will be constructed at the existing terminal.”

He said the runway will include “a comprehensive plan that allows for the continued uninterrupted operations of the airport”.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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