Road to Hell paved with bike lanes

Improvements to Hell Road that will
see the street widened to include bicycle lanes and bigger car lanes is
expected to be completed in mid-August, according to the National Roads
Authority.

Work on phase one of the
authority’s Hell Road improvement plan in West Bay has begun and involves the
widening and re-paving of Hell Road, from Watercourse Road, including the
Watercourse/Hell Road intersection, to Fountain Road.

The widening will give road users
two 3ft-wide cycle lanes and two 12ft-wide vehicular lanes.

Asked if the inclusion of bike
paths along this stretch of roadway was indicative of future plans to include
paths for cyclists on new and widened roads, Marion Pandohie, transportation
planner at the National Roads Authority said: “The use of bicycle lanes will be
accommodated within our road works when we are able to do so.”

In a recent survey on the
environment carried out by the Caymanian Compass, several respondents called
for more cycle paths to be created on Cayman’s roads.

On the Hell Roads project, the
National Roads Authority is also installing a curb and sidewalk along Fountain
Road and Hell Road, from the multi-purpose hall to the Town Hall.

The second phase of the project will
focus on improving the Hell, Town Hall/Rev. Blackman Road intersection.

Hell Road is slated to become the
major East-West collector road for West Bay, and will eventually connect the
Morgan’s Harbour end of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to the Boatswain Bay
area.

Ms Pandohie said the NRA would be
updating progress on the Hell road works on its website, caymanroads.com, on a
regular basis.