Starting today, Monday, 8 April, work on Raleigh Quay will cause more traffic diversions along West Bay Road through the month. The utilities work is part of the Dart Group’s ongoing project to extend the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and close a portion of West Bay Road. According to a news release from Dart, “On Monday 8 April, utilities works will begin on Raleigh Quay and require temporary traffic diversions for approximately four weeks.”
The diversions include the following:
The Raleigh Quay connection with the Esterley Tibbetts Highway will be temporarily closed.
There will be no left turn onto Raleigh Quay from the highway during works.
Local traffic from Raleigh Quay will exit right onto West Bay Road to the Yacht Drive Roundabout.
Access to St Matthew’s Residences and Foster Bay Villas will be via the Yacht Drive Roundabout.
Access to Tiki Beach, Surfside and Calico Jack’s will be via the Yacht Drive Roundabout.
Last week, the connections at Yacht Drive and Governors Way were finished and open to traffic. That ended a diversion on West Bay Road at Lime Tree Bay Avenue that had been in place 18 March, when the section of the road starting at Yacht Drive southward was closed to through traffic.
The closure of the road will facilitate construction of Dart’s new hotel on the site of the former Courtyard by Marriott.
To the south of the new hotel, Dart is providing government with an enhanced public beach park area.
The second phase of the Esterley Tibbetts project will extend the highway to Batabano Road, and also connect to Willie Farrington Drive via a new Reverend Blackman Road extension. On 13 March, Cabinet ministers officially opened the first phase of the highway extension as a public road and discontinued the corresponding stretch of West Bay Road as a public road, according to procedures set on in the Roads Law.
At least two lawsuits have been filed by Caymanian individuals seeking to halt the road deal.
Last week, the connections at Yacht Drive and Governors Way were finished and open to traffic.