Phase two of house numbering exercise begins

Delmar Bowe, (far right) project supervisor for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's house numbering exercise talks about the project as Valdeshia Bethel (centre) and Rebecca Russell look on.

Nassau, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Government has activated the second phase of its street naming and house numbering exercise. The project is designed to make it easier to locate businesses and houses throughout the island of New Providence and is a part of the six-month National Jobs Programme.

Delmar Bowe, supervisor  in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is pleased with the progress of the project which began on January 10. He said to date 1,500 houses and businesses have been numbered in the exercise which runs from the East West Highway to Coral Harbour.  Twenty-four persons are employed on the house numbering and street naming projects.

Mr. Bowe credits the success of the project to emphasis placed on the importance of clarity, accuracy and consistency of their job. “We must be accurate and consistent and take each day at a time to get things done,” he said.

He explained that once new numbers have been erected, the old numbers would remain for an indefinite period of time.

“Our employees compile the data on sight including the existing number and the new number that is assigned. All of the utility companies have to be informed of the changes and until such time the old numbers will stay on the buildings.”

“We distribute flyers to the owners advising them to make their properties accessible so that Ministry of Works employees can install the numbers. If a resident is not at home and we cannot access their property we would place the number on an outdoor wall. Otherwise we would leave the number and ask the residents to install the number themselves.”

Mr. Bowe said field surveys conducted during phase one reveal that “there were deficiencies to buildings that have not yet been numbered and buildings that were wrongly numbered in the past.”

Employees assigned to this task will be properly identified and due care will be taken not to damage the owners’ property. Employees will  have an identification card that clearly indicates that they are a part of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s house numbering team.

The official numbering system is north to south or east to west with even numbers on the right side of the street and odd numbers on the left side.


  • Bab

    My house was not renumbered! The house to my left and right were but I wasn’t

  • Valdeshia need to loose them big shades.

    • loose them or put some big numbers on them shades….Great job guys. very needed.

  • jj

    Thank you, i lost my mother in 1080 because the ambulance got lost trying to find the house in south beach. it is about time. take you time and HURRY UP. thanks again

  • This is so great! On the weekend I saw some family houses numbered in Chippenham and it didn’t hit me until now that it’s something new because it looked so natural. I’m so proud.

  • You guys are doing a tremendous job. How many houses are being numbered in a week? You may want to increase your staff complement to hurry things along, especially with an election looming in the next 15 months or so.

    Additionally Media, on the ZNS 7 pm news report, Clint Watson gave a very confusing explanation as to what was going on, and how buildings were to be numbered. Mr. Watson referred to “left or right” sides of the road, which are of course, relative to the observers orientation. Please advise ZNS to ‘fix up’, and stick to north, south, east or west, which are unique, and absolute.