Asphalt plant arrives on Cayman Brac

Black topping soon come

Driving on Cayman Brac is about to
become easier.

A new asphalt plant is being
installed on The Bluff, off Songbird Road, which is capable of producing 80
tons of asphalt an hour.

According to Colford Scott, who in
charge of the plant, the first part of the island that will have blacktop roads
will the northern end of the Brac.

“We don’t know exactly where yet,
but it will be on the northern side,” he said.

Mr. Scott said the plant cost
between $600,000 and $700,000, including shipping it to Cayman Brac from the
United States.

The island has 50 miles of
roadways, including main thoroughfares on the north and south coasts,
cross-island bypasses, and secondary roads, which were last resurfaced more
than 30 years ago.

The Terex Magnum 80 drum-mix plant
comes with a control cabin, raw materials, asphalt, fuel tank and heater. It
will be operated by three people, with another two people running a quality
control laboratory.

The new road surfaces will be
created using local aggregate and asphalt from Florida.

The plant is expected to be
operational by late May once the plant has been assembled and tested.

Mr. Scott said Cayman Brac’s roads
would resemble the road surfaces in Grand Cayman once the asphalt is laid.

Cayman Brac’s Public Works
Department and the National Roads Authority are working together on the
project.

The National Roads Authority will
supply personnel and special heavy equipment from Grand Cayman. The equipment
includes an asphalt paver, three dump trucks, two rollers and laboratory
equipment.

Deputy Premier Juliana
O’Connor-Connolly, who along with other officials witnessed the off-loading of
the asphalt plant at the container port, said: “I welcome this arrival which
will be critical to both refurbish and create additional roads.”

She added: “It will also facilitate
the continued development of property on the Bluff, and benefit the islands as
a whole.”

Chief Officer Kearney Gomez, Deputy
Chief Officer Tristan Hydes, District Commissioner Ernie Scott and Deputy
District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts were also on hand to watch the asphalt
plant being unloaded.

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