Eastern traffic woes continue

Rush-hour traffic jams to and from the eastern districts are commonplace. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew is calling for patience from motorists battling bumper-to-bumper traffic daily, especially from the eastern districts.

The minister issued a statement after widespread delays in some areas of the eastern districts Thursday morning.

“The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure is aware of the extreme traffic delays experienced by motorists coming out of the Eastern Districts this morning (Thursday), particularly from the Prospect community. We apologise to members of the motoring public for the inconvenience,” he said.

No reason was given for the delay. Earlier this week, the police announced temporary traffic flow adjustments to the Prospect, Linford Pierson Highway, and Crewe Road areas during the morning hours. It was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

The adjustments were meant to focus on the Red Bay roundabout, police said, with the aim of easing congestion and allowing westbound traffic to flow more freely.

However, at the last minute and following public outcry, the plug was pulled on that plan until further notice.

The police said its Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, along with the NRA and Traffic Management Panel, conducted additional aerial review of the traffic flow in the affected areas Tuesday.

“We ask for continued patience as the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, National Roads Authority and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service work together to roll out interim solutions as we seek to find the right balance to our traffic flow,” Hew said in his statement.

The minister assured the public will be updated on those plans, as well as, “other long-term solutions to ease the traffic congestion across the Eastern Districts.”

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  1. I negotiated a flexible schedule with my employer where I start work at 7h30. I use to be able to leave Spotts around 7h00 and make it easily on time at work. No longer possible with this nightmare traffic situation! Especially now that police officer are directing traffic, it’s worse than ever. I still don’t understand why there is no proper bus system servicing the Eastern districts with monthly bus passes which would bring income to government. I for one, would be delighted not to drive to work and let someone else do it. The current bus system doesn’t guarantee me to be on time as there is no proper schedule followed. There also is a need for school buses to alleviate this situation. Observing traffic from the helicopter is not going to solve this, action is required and expected from Government.