For the first time in the history
of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the islands of North Caicos and Middle
Caicos will be linked by an ultra-modern bridge and given an extensive
network of newly paved roads as part of a $32million investment in the
upgrade of infrastructure in those two islands.
In what Minister of Public Works the Hon. Jeffrey Hall described as a
dream come true, Government has secured the funding to construct a
causeway linking North Caicos and Middle Caicos from Toby Rock in North
Caicos to the Ferry Landing in Middle Caicos.
Speaking during and exclusive interview with The SUN, Hon. Hall revealed
that the bridge or causeway will be just under two miles long and will
cost a little over $5million. In addition to the bridge, the Progressive
National Party (PNP) government will be carrying out extensive repairs to
the roads that join the causeway from both islands.
He said they will pave 23 miles of road from the North Caicos side
starting from the North Caicos Port up to the causeway and from the Middle
Caicos side, 21 miles of new road will be paved from the Ferry Landing to
“This is certainly one of the biggest projects landed by any government in
the history of this country and I am particularly pleased that the people
of my constituency Middle Caicos as well as the people of North Caicos
will be the recipients and beneficiaries of such a significant development
because it is something that they truly deserve,” Hall said..
$32M To upgrade and link Middle & North
He added: “For a long time the roads in Middle Caicos were seriously
neglected. In fact, the last time anything significant was done to
the roads in Middle Caicos was during the PNP 1991 administration
while Robert Hall was the representative for Middle Caicos, but I
was determined to change that from the time I became a minister,
because I honestly believe that the residents of Middle Caicos
deserve much more than they were getting under the last
Hall said plans are afoot
to have a ground-breaking ceremony for the project in early October.
It should be completed within 18 months.
Funding for the project was
TCI Government in collaboration with the European Union (EU). The
British Government has given its stamp of approval to the
“The work is out for tender
and will be tendered for five weeks,” Hall added. “The successful
bidder will be awarded the contract by October 1, to commence
construction shortly after. The tender for the roads leading to the
causeway will be out in two weeks and is expected to be awarded in
Hon. Hall, who was quite
upbeat about the project, said that when the history of the Turks
and Caicos Islands is written years from now, the linking North
Caicos and Middle Caicos will undoubtedly be recorded as one of the
most significant and progressive infrastructural initiatives of this
“There is absolutely no
doubt in my mind that Middle Caicos and North Caicos will be
drastically and positively transformed to the extent where it will
bring about a whole lot of opportunities to the people of Middle
Caicos, who, for example, will have easy access to the North Caicos,
and also the children from Middle who are going to the Raymond
Gardiner High School in North Caicos will be able to live at home.
This is certainly the start of big things to come for my dear and
loyal people of Middle Caicos,” he added.
Hall said the causeway
between North and Middle was really the
PNP vision since the days when the Hon. Norman Saunders was the
“His (Hon. Saunders’) dream
was to link the Caicos Islands from South Caicos to Providenciales
and this, for all intents and purposes, is the initial process of
realising that dream. Every administration of the
PNP has kept this dream and vision alive and I feel proud to be the
Minister and simultaneously the representative for Middle Caicos who
is now delivering it. The next link will be from Middle Caicos to
East Caicos and then from East Caicos to South Caicos. We are
thinking about it right now and after we secure our next term in the
next general elections it is something that we will definitely be
concentrating on achieving,” he said.
Hon. Hall also revealed
that in addition to the causeway, his plans for Middle Caicos
include the long-awaited Middle Caicos Administrative Office that
houses the District Commissioner. That building is now under
construction to the tune of $2.5million in Conch Bar.
Additionally, tenders will
be out in two weeks for the
Middle Caicos Cave Visitor Centre which will have modern bathroom
facilities, an information centre a warden’s office and a gift shop.
Then there are plans to lengthen the runway, make additional
improvements to the airport terminal building and have a fire truck
stationed there. He also said that designs have been completed for
the clinic in Middle Caicos and it is anticipated that this should
be tendered in about a month from now.
“While all of these things
are happening, I am implementing a programme to employ some of our
more mature persons from Middle Caicos back into gainful
employment,” he said. By this I mean those who are not employed and
who are depending solely on National Insurance so that they can be
more involved in the community and areas such as the preservation of
our eco-tourism sites. This should begin next week Wednesday.
“I will continue to deliver
for the people of Middle Caicos and ensure that they are not left
out. I am excited about being able to serve at them at this time and
to keep the dreams of Middle Caicos people alive, and I look forward
to serving them again and for a very long time to come,” Hon. Hall
be noted that the Honorable Jeffrey Hall was re-elected on the 9th of
February, 2007 for another 4 years.
And here are the fruits of his parties