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Bridge linking GB and Abaco could be monumental says Administrator
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 08:08

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Support for the proposed "Grabaco" bridge, which would link the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama is being expressed by the administrator for the east Grand Bahama District Bradley Armbrister, who says the advantages of such a project would far outweigh the disadvantages.

The idea of building a bridge linking the two islands has, over the years, been strongly promoted by honorary chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Sir Jack Hayward.

Armbrister was one of the presenters at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Summit Friday, and said he believes the bridge would provide a boost to the tourism industry for both islands.

"If you link Abaco and Grand Bahama together, you instantly create 200 miles of ... delightful island appeal. There is enormous potential in such a venture. I believe that a Grabaco Bridge would expand commerce and broaden opportunities for innovative Bahamian entrepreneurs," he said.

Citing the container port, harbour, airport and oil storage facilities available in Grand Bahama, Armbrister said if the bridge is constructed, citizens of Abaco would be able to utilise them to their advantage.

"Even adding the trucking fee, I believe that merchandise could be imported cheaper through Freeport. This could really impact the transportation industry," he said.

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