It may be the worst maintained road in Grand Cayman, but the pothole-rutted road that runs past the Strand shopping plaza is finally being repaired after decades of neglect.
The road, though relatively short, is well traveled and connects West Bay Road to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway through the plaza, which is home to several shops and bars, including Foster’s Food Fair, Blackbeard’s liquor store and Whiskey Mist.
Restaurant and store owners in the plaza have been calling for Canal Point Drive to be repaired for years.
It is understood that a standoff between the original owners of the plaza and government over who should be responsible for paying for the repairs was responsible for the delays. The National Roads Authority appears to have acknowledged that it is a public road and put the repair work out to tender last month.
Work began on Monday on improvements to the sidewalk and drainage. The larger contract, for the supply and placement of 500 tons of hot-mix asphalt on the short stretch of road, will begin later this month, according to the authority. Woody Foster, managing director of Foster’s Food Fair, said the repairs would provide welcome relief for business owners in the area.
“This has been a source of complaints for a long time,” he said. “It has been a source of frustration for our customers for many years. In the rainy season, it is particularly bad. You are driving through 8- to 12-inch potholes to get into the complex.”
He said businesses in the area had been asking for the road to be repaired since the ‘90s. “I believe there was an argument between the owners and government about who should do it, and then I think it was more an issue of finding money in the budget. It is a government road, there is no denying that,” he said.