Bahamas PM Minnis inaugurates ‘London Creek Bridge’

Prime Minister of Bahamas Hubert Minnis
Prime Minister of Bahamas Hubert Minnis

 Bahamas: Prime Minister of Bahamas Hubert Minnis officially inaugurates the London Creek Bridge, marking an essential part of the effort to regenerate natural creek systems across the island.

London Creek is one of several natural creek ecosystems in Andros that have become blocked due to road construction across the creeks.

Such blockages create severe damage to the natural aquatic ecosystem, including increased sedimentation in the creeks, modification of the mangroves, and decreased lagoon’s fish larvae export.

London Creek and Staniard Creek are among the most harshly affected creeks. Work is currently underway on the Stainiard Creek bridge.

“The London Creek project is important for the surrounding area. It will help to regenerate the natural flora and fauna of the creek system,” Prime Minister Minnis said at the official opening ceremony Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works Hon. Desmond Bannister.

“This will provide a catalyst for eco-tourism in Andros by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to have an up-close experience of the beauty of the natural creek ecosystems in Andros.” 

“This will provide a catalyst for eco-tourism in Andros by giving residents and visitors the chance to have an up-close experience of the beauty of the natural creek ecosystems in Andros.”

The London Creek project includes the provision of a series of reinforced concrete box-type trenches at the site. The trenches will improve the water flow in the area, allowing for the creek’s natural flushing.

In time, this will allow the natural restoration of the area’s ecosystem, noted the Prime Minister.

The 2.1 million dollar deal for the bridge was signed in June 2019 with SJK Engineering & Construction.

The London Creek Bridge project also includes road improvements in the bridge’s vicinity, a vehicle guardrail, and line markings and signs.

The project was completed inside budget in December 2020, when the bridge was opened to traffic, said Prime Minister Minnis.

The Prime Minister said there are other infrastructure changes slated for Andros, including the repair of the road to the historic Red Bays settlement on the west coast of the island.

Following the London Creek Bridge ceremony, Prime Minister Minnis took out site visits of the Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek, and Fresh Creek bridges.

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