Minister for Infrastructure Arden McLean assured the people of West Bay Monday evening that they would get relief on the roads.
Following many delays, the targeted date for completion, Mr. McLean said, is in time for school traffic in September.
Minister McLean was speaking at the People’s Progressive Movement’s National Council meeting at the John A. Cumber Primary School Hall in West Bay.
In December the government decided to accelerate the Esterley Tibbetts Highway extension project because of traffic jams 24 hours a day on the West Bay Road, said Mr. McLean.
The highway extension will take the road from its current end just south of the Hyatt Regency Hotel to just north of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.
Currently being built is a bridge to span a lagoon on the Ritz-Carlton property that connects the hotel to the North Sound. The bridge was part of the Ritz-Carlton development plans.
Despite the delays for the highway, which Minister McLean originally planned to have operational as a chip and spray surface for 30 June last, he said this highway has been planned for 30 years, and he, as new minister, has come in and is getting it done in seven to eight months.
Addressing rumours that people had said the PPM was building the high way for two of its supporters, Mr. McLean said it was ‘nonsensical’ on the part of anyone, to say such a statement.
While Mr. McLean said he could not promise West Bayers to build the road into West Bay, he did say he promised to gazette it into the district.
Another important issue with this road is the transporting of tourists in and out of West Bay, such as to the new Boatswain’s Beach facility, he said.
He had driven the road, he said, and it takes three minutes to drive, as opposed to crawling for 30 minutes on the West Bay Road.