Camana Bay roadwork approved

An architect’s rendering of the plan for the new section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway

Major changes to the road network around Camana Bay, including moving a section of the highway and building a new underpass, have been approved by the Central Planning Authority. 

Preliminary work on the US$40 million public works project – designed and funded by Dart Realty to facilitate a planned $300 million expansion of Camana Bay – will begin on Monday. 

The developer ultimately plans to connect the town center on North Sound to a planned five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach, using broad landscaped bridges and elevated land. A second underpass on West Bay Road is also planned, though an application has yet to be made for that aspect of the project. 

The infrastructure work approved by the Central Planning Authority at its July 8 meeting includes a new road layout, with the current stretch of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway that passes in front of the town center becoming an internal road within Camana Bay. Dart will fund a new four-lane stretch of highway, shifted slightly to the west, between the Camana Bay roundabout and the Galleria roundabout. 

Camana Way, which links West Bay Road to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, will close on Monday, to facilitate utility infrastructure work and the relocation of the Dart Nursery with more than 350 trees. 

The developer said in a statement, “Dart Realty was pleased to receive planning permission from the Central Planning Authority for the widening and realignment of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.” 

It added that it was continuing preparation work for the project and working through the necessary technical reviews prior to building permits being issued. 

The ultimate plan, which will involve further planning applications and take several years to complete, involves expanding Camana Bay to the west. 

Pedestrians will be able to walk from the new hotel on Seven Mile Beach to the current Camana Bay town center along an avenue that bridges both highways, over a large ground-level parking lot. 

An architect’s rendering of the plan for the new section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway through Camana Bay.

An architect’s rendering of the plan for the new section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway through Camana Bay.
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  1. This is great, Camana Bay is already in a class by itself and will ultimately be rivaled throughout the Caribbean. Dart is constantly improving the Cayman Islands Product. Everyone that has invested into Cayman or held on to investments they inherited no mater how small or how large will eventually benefit do to development projects like this.

    I am still hopefully that the IronWood development materializes soon. That design is a different style then Camana Bay, fits the Eastern Side of the Island Perfectly and adds variety to this product.

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  2. Funny that some people have voted AGAINST Twyla and Michael comments.

    I guess there are some who are just anti-progress. Or maybe anti-Dart.

    On the other hand wouldn’t it be nice to go back to those days when you could walk down the street in the evening and your biggest problems would be mosquitoes not being robbed at gun point.

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  3. I don’t find it funny or surprising at all Norman. The one thing I have learned over my years of travelling to Cayman is that it’s basically a given that any and every development project or idea will be faced with a great deal of opposition right out of the box. As far as Dart goes, I think a lot of people just hate the idea of anyone doing well if the wealth is not shared directly with them and putting something in their pocket without them putting anything out. I don’t really think it’s Anti Progress I think it’s just hatred, envy and jealousy.

    It’s really about time that people also realize that the Cayman of yesteryear is gone it’s never coming back, every country progresses and along with progress comes changes to the way people Live, the way people think as well as the way places look.

    What Dart is doing is not only making Cayman Look better it’s also making is safer and more easily accessible. With these new high end developments like Cayman Bay and Ironwood Cayman has a much better chance of retaining that reputation of a exclusive travel destination as well as a great place to live and work.

    I think the NRA could take some pointers from Darts engineers as I am sure they are amazed and impressed by the things they come up with and how well they work and fit into the environment.

    DART DOES…..

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