One of the big challenges for the Ministry of Public Works in 2019 will be to finally have a new bridge to connect North Eleuthera to the rest of the mainland conceptualized and started, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said.
Bannister and his ministry’s team have been talking about replacing the existing Glass Window Bridge since earlier this year, after a freak storm threatened the integrity of the structure.
Bannister made the comment while speaking at the Bahamas Engineers Architects and Allied Professionals’ (BEAAP) stakeholders forum at the British Colonial Hilton. He challenged the engineers in the room to come up with innovative ideas to create a new causeway that can replace the Glass Window Bridge.
“That is going to be a huge challenge,” he said.
“I can’t wait to see what our amazing minds can come up with, with respect to the replacement of that bridge and create a corridor that is going to connect the mainland.”
Bannister told the engineers to look for the bridge proposal to come on stream next year, adding that his ministry wants to see innovation.
Earlier this year, Bannister said the new structure, which is likely to be more of a causeway than a bridge, could cost between $20 million and $40 million.
He made that announcement at the Eleuthera Business Outlook at Valentines Resort & Marina on Harbour Island.
He explained then that his ministry also wants to determine how to best turn the existing Glass Window Bridge area into a tourist attraction.
Bannister also said the new structure is not likely to be finished until 2021.
Earlier this year, giant waves created by a weather system in the Atlantic battered the Glass Window Bridge for three days. Just south of the bridge, in Gregory Town, waves cut a path from one side of the island to the next, creating an eight-foot crevice through the Queen’s Highway.