Expect traffic problems

A series of improvements designed to widen some of the main road arteries around George Town has begun with the widening of Huldah Avenue.

Minister of Works Arden McLean said the roundabout connecting Huldah Avenue with Thomas Russell Way would be converted into a double carriage roundabout.

The widened roundabout will pave the way for four lanes of traffic all the way to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, often referred to as the Harquail By-pass.

‘It will go straight to the Butterfield roundabout and North Sound Road,’ said Mr. McLean.

Deputy managing director of the National Roads Authority Edward Howard said the land has already been acquired to do the road widening.

Mr. Howard said a traffic consultant had advised the NRA to concentrate on widening the primary road arties in and around George Town as a way to alleviate some of Grand Cayman’s traffic problems.

It is hoped the work on Huldah Avenue and on the roundabout will be completed by mid-December, and that the widening of the roads to the Butterfield roundabout is completed by late 2006 or early 2007, Mr. Howard said.

Mr. McLean said there could be some traffic problems while the road work is going on.

‘I appeal to the public to drive with caution,’ he said.