Road officials review public feedback
The National Roads Authority received some 250 comments during its public consultation on proposed speed limit changes on several roads on Grand Cayman.
NRA transportation planner Marion Pandohi said the proposed speed limit changes were well received. “[The comments] were pretty supportive of the process and supportive of the changes that we were proposing. Most were supportive of the West Bay Road change down to 30 miles per hour…” she said.
“All in all, [the responses were] pretty supportive of the key major changes,” she added.
Some of these key changes include: reducing the speed limit on West Bay Road between the RBC Coutts building and Eastern Avenue in George Town to 30 miles per hour, and ramping up the speed limit on North Sound Road from 25 to 35 miles per hour.
NRA officials met recently with the Traffic Management Panel to discuss the public’s feedback on the review, which ran from Nov. 18, to Dec. 6, 2013.
While the public was supportive overall, NRA officials said they had anticipated a higher volume of input from the public.
“We didn’t get as much input as we thought we were going to get, it was only around 200 to 250 comments,” said Ms. Pandohi.
Now that the public responses have been incorporated into the proposal, it is due to be sent to Cabinet next week for approval.
“We went through the proposal. We’ve made a couple of changes to it and then we’re going to send it to a Ministry of Works’ representative, who is going to take it to Cabinet,” said Ms. Pandohi. Kurt Tibbetts is the minister in charge of roads.
The full color-coded map with the proposed speed limits on various streets can be viewed on the NRA’s website, www.caymanroads.com.
Members of the Traffic Management Panel include the Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure; the National Roads Authority; the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing; and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Last month, the NRA entered into an agreement with the International Road Assessment Program to conduct a survey to determine the safety of Cayman’s roads.
While the survey has been completed, Ms. Pandohi said there is still more work to be done. “We’re working on background data compiling traffic count data and traffic speed volume data and [the International Road Assessment Program] is working on compiling the data from the survey.”
The full follow-up report is estimated to be released in June.