Charisse Brown, Chief Executive Officer & Senior Legal Counsel
Grand Bahama Development Company /Lucaya Service Company Limited
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Re: LUSCO executes contract with ABC Ltd. to repair Casuarina Bridge and awards contract to repair Sir Jack Hayward Bridge
Lucaya Service Company (LUSCO), a subsidiary of The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited (DEVCO) facilitates restorative construction to both the Casuarina Bridge and Sir Jack Hayward Bridge in the Lucaya area.
As part of LUSCO’s ongoing obligation to maintain the infrastructure of the area, the company commissioned the preparation of various investigative reports, by several industry and engineering experts, to identify the nature, extent, and implications of Hurricane Dorian’s impact. The bridges remained structurally intact, however all findings conclusively recommended repair, reconstruction and restoration of both bridges. The full construction contracts for the Bridges have been awarded to All Bahamas Construction (ABC) Ltd. Integrated Building Services (IBS), who provided further consultation on the Bridges’ superstructure and civil components, has been contracted as the Engineer of Record for the reconstruction projects.
On Friday, November 19, 2021 LUSCO executives and the principal of ABC signed the contract for the repair and restoration of the Casuarina Bridge. Construction commenced on Monday, November 22, 2021. Contract signing for the Sir Jack Hayward Bridge will take place in the coming weeks, at the end of November.
LUSCO advises that most recently, parts of the navigational railings at the Casuarina Bridge have been dislodged. 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 they prepare for the restorative construction to occur.
LUSCO intends to complete the restorative construction on the Casuarina and Sir Jack Hayward Bridges in a timely manner, and thanks the public for their continued cooperation, especially in the event of road closures and rerouting as work is underway.