Developer Dart Real Estate has submitted a planning application for an underpass along West Bay Road, the next phase of its ambitious plan to expand Camana Bay and create “sea-to-sound” connectivity between the Town Centre and Seven Mile Beach.

The application includes ramps to facilitate safe access from the Camana Bay Town Centre on a pedestrian overpass.

A first underpass for the re-routed Esterley Tibbetts Highway has already been built. It will come into use when the expanded four-lane highway opens early next year.

The latest planning application is for a second vehicular underpass on West Bay Road and a pathway taking pedestrians over both roads.

The infrastructure projects underpin Dart’s plan to expand Camana Bay with new retail, restaurant and office space planned along an avenue that bridges both highways over a large ground-level parking lot.

“These continued enhancements to Cayman’s road network are a reflection of collaboration between Dart, the National Roads Authority and the Cayman Islands Government to create world-class infrastructure to accommodate the country’s growth,” Jackie Doak, president of Dart Real Estate, said in a press release.

“Through thoughtful master planning we are able align these road improvements with our vision for a walkable community, approaching infrastructure through a lens of placemaking that prioritizes the experiences of the people using the space, whether they are driving, biking or walking.”

The application includes ramps to facilitate safe access from the Camana Bay Town Centre on a pedestrian overpass. This elevated section will begin immediately to the west of Books & Books and the Cayman MAC Store, according to the press release.

Once the new four-lane Esterley Tibbetts Highway bypass is complete, the existing section of the road that passes Camana Bay will transition to a low-speed internal road.

Dart says the project takes its spending on the country’s infrastructure to US$100 million.

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