On Saturday, people will gather at Seven Mile Public Beach to protest, among other things, the proposed closure of about one-half mile of West Bay Road.
In consideration for getting ownership of that section of road, the Dart Group will extend the Esterley Tibbetts Highway from where it ends now to West Bay with a four- and five-lane highway.
The protesters object to several aspects of the proposal, but one of the weakest objections has been that there were no studies done to find out if the realignment could cause worse traffic problems. Since there are only two lanes to and from West Bay right now, it should be quite obvious having a minimum of five lanes can only help traffic flow.
Ironically, Saturday’s protest will come days after we had an excellent example of another reason the road realignment is a good thing for Grand Cayman. Waves generated by Hurricane Rina – when it was more than 300 miles away – washed sand and debris across the very section of West Bay Road that will be realigned, forcing its temporary closure by police.
This example was only a temporary inconvenience, however if a major hurricane were ever to pass just west of Grand Cayman with only two lanes of West Bay Road open, West Bay could be cut off from the rest of the Island for a lengthy period, a potentially disastrous scenario. It seems Mother Nature had her own preemptive response to the planned protest, and its probably a stronger argument than government could ever make.