Crewe Road to close this weekend as airport blast barrier tested

A section of the jet air blast barrier. Testing on the deflector will be carried out this weekend. - Photo: Cayman Islands Airports Authority

A section of Crewe Road is set to close for roughly 30 minutes Saturday as tests are carried out on a new blast barrier at Owen Roberts International Airport.

The testing is scheduled to take place between Noon and 1pm. A section of Crewe Road, west of the runway, between the roundabout at Smith Road and Printer Way, will be closed for about a half-hour, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority advised.

The installation of the new blast deflector is part of the latest phase of upgrades at the airport. The barrier deflects air blasts from departing airplanes.

In a statement last month, the CIAA said, “Due to the extension of the runway, the new takeoff aircraft positioning is now much closer to the Old Crewe Road fence line. Therefore, a blast deflector was designed to mitigate air turbulence at ground level by ‘deflecting’ air upwards for departing aircraft to protect passing pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic using the road adjacent to the fence line.”

The blast deflector is made of galvanised steel panels that are powder coated and painted orange and white for easy identification, the CIAA stated. The panels are mounted on a lightweight steel frame and fastened to a monolithic concrete foundation to prevent uplift.

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The blast deflector extends from the south side of the extended runway and continues around the perimeter fence line.

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