“We are committed to providing safe and accessible public spaces for all, and this project is just one of the many ways we are delivering on that promise.
“We look forward to seeing public access to Achilles Bay restored soon,” said Minister of Public Works Lt. Col. the Hon. David Burch, OBE (Mil), ED, JP, MP.
Smith Hauling and Excavating, contracted by the Ministry, commenced repair works last week at the beach, opposite Fort St. Catherine in St. George’s, in a project scheduled to last around eleven weeks.
The public will be aware that there was a temporary structure erected to ensure some level of access. That structure has been removed and the Ministry is looking to erect the permanent structure.
The Ministry selected the firm which submitted a bid in an open process that saw a list of contractors submit proposals. The task requires demolishing the existing deteriorated walkway structure and building new stairs with reinforced masonry and concrete.
In addition to those works, stainless steel handrails will be added for extra stability and support for those accessing this beach.
Minister Burch added: “Ideally, we would have liked to have the work completed before the start of the summer season.
“However, Smith Hauling and Excavating’s involvement in a prior unrelated project meant their commencement of the Achilles Bay project had to be delayed.
“I know the public, especially residents of St George’s, will be pleased to hear this news following years of decay and storm damage which resulted in safety hazards for anyone looking to access this beach.”
The project is estimated to cost nearly $117,000.
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