The National Roads Authority has announced a number of upcoming roadworks and highlighted some ongoing work as part of its efforts to ease traffic congestion on Grand Cayman.
Red Bay Roundabout
Among the work under way is an expansion to the Red Bay Roundabout, to increase it to three lanes. According to the NRA, the increased capacity will help with traffic flow to and from the eastern districts.
Work on this began last week, while the schools were on mid-term break. It is expected to be completed in December.
Grand Harbour Roundabout
The NRA has begun work to create a third lane at Grand Harbour Roundabout.
The third lane will be constructed inside the two existing lanes and will be used, temporarily, as a filter lane for traffic entering the roundabout from South Sound Road.
According to the NRA, longer term plans will see the third lane used to help traffic flow in both directions between the CUC Roundabout at King’s Sports Centre and the Chrissie Tomlinson Roundabout.
“The NRA apologises for any inconvenience the upgrades may cause and reminds drivers to please be alert to new road layouts and to the safety of crews working on the projects,” the authority stated.
The NRA said it plans to deliver a subdivision road upgrade and new road surface of hot mix paving to Selkirk Drive and Abbey Way.
The paving is due to take place in the first week of November.
The NRA has implemented a new traffic pattern on Shamrock Road, between Mangrove Avenue and the On The Run gas station, to allow for two full lanes of travel westbound, from Mangrove Avenue to Admirals Avenue.
“This added lane capacity will improve traffic flow for the Prospect area. A central lane has also been added to improve entry and exit to The Achievement Centre, Red Bay Primary and Lighthouse Schools,” the NRA said in its statement.
Rex Crighton Boulevard
At Rex Crighton Boulevard between the Poindexter Roundabout and the Chrissie Tomlinson Roundabout, the NRA has begun expanding the road from two to four lanes, to add capacity along this section.
According to the NRA, the increased number of lanes will help shorten the traffic queues that develop at this location in morning peak hours.
The Chrissie Tomlinson Roundabout will also be upgraded to accommodate additional traffic volumes along this area.