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Traffic signal undergoes maintenance

National Roads Authority advised that its crews will be completing routine signal maintenance Monday night on the traffic signal at West Bay Road and Lawrence Boulevard.

Roadwork to affect Camana Bay traffic

As part of an ongoing road widening project, a new southbound lane on Esterley Tibbetts Highway at Camana Bay opened Thursday, while an existing lane and road closed.

EDITORIAL – Pothole patrols, ‘potty patrols’ and now ‘pot patrols’

Several months ago, we commended the National Roads Authority’s “pothole patrol” enlisting community help in flagging dangerous or deteriorating roadway conditions. Now we have Police Commissioner Derek Byrne’s announcement at a community meeting last week of the formation of a different squad: Namely, a “pot patrol.”
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East End road work along Seaview Road

The National Roads Authority will begin work Monday along Seaview Road in East End from near the west end of Lovers Wall to near the Blow Holes on shoulder construction, paving and installation of guard rails.

EDITORIAL – The origin of Cayman’s traffic accidents: Our ‘big bang’ theory

Ranging from simple fender benders to tragic fatal accidents, it seems that Cayman’s problems with collisions, wrecks and smashups date back to shortly after the country’s first automobile — a 1905 Cadillac — rolled off a boat into George Town 104 years ago.

Traffic signal reinstalled on Huldah Avenue

National Roads Authority crews on Wednesday night reinstall the traffic signal that fell onto the road last week at the junction of Bobby Thompson Way and Huldah Avenue.

South Sound boardwalk construction to begin next month, government says

Some four months after laying out cones and changing the alignment of a roughly 0.7-mile stretch of South Sound Road to allow for the development of a boardwalk and other amenities in the area, government announced this week that construction on the project will begin on Feb. 19.

Roadwork scheduled for Esterley Tibbetts

The National Roads Authority advised that it will be carrying out roadwork on a section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway Wednesday.

Broken-down vehicles litter Grand Cayman’s roadsides

As broken-down vehicles accumulate on the roadsides of Grand Cayman, government has yet to state how it plans to address the growing problem.
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Condor Road getting back into shape

Work commenced Saturday to bring Bodden Town’s Condor Road back into condition, the National Roads Authority announced.

Dart’s tunnel expansion hits roadblock

The Dart group’s plans to expand the size of an underpass, currently under construction on West Bay Road, is facing opposition on two fronts.
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Drivers warned of diversions during roundabout roadwork

The National Roads Authority announced Thursday it would be applying anti-skid coating on the eastern portion of the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital Roundabout.
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Diversions expected for anti-skid measures at Tomlinson roundabout

The National Roads Authority announced Thursday it would be applying anti-skid coating on the eastern portion of the Dr. Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital Roundabout in Prospect. The roadwork was scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday night until 6 a.m. Friday morning “depending on the weather.”
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South Sound boardwalk construction begins

Construction of a boardwalk along the water side on South Sound Road begins this week.

Minister: ‘We can only build so many roads’

With two major highway expansions in process, Transport Minister Joey Hew said government is doing all it can to ease traffic congestion in Grand Cayman.

Son of well-known Cayman family dies from accident injuries

Thomas Rupert Hubbell, the son of Cayman aviation and scuba diving pioneer Tom Hubbell Sr., died Monday from injuries suffered in a June 30, 2016 car crash. The younger Mr. Hubbell was a passenger in a vehicle involved in the one-car crash on Shamrock Road near Spotts Dock last June.

Hurricane exercise: ‘Practice is always good’

Call it the plan before the storm. Various agencies of the Cayman Islands government came together Wednesday to conduct the annual hurricane exercise, a drill to ensure that everybody is prepared for their role in confronting a major storm.

Injunction lifted on Linford Pierson Highway project

A long-standing injunction holding up completion of the Linford Pierson Highway expansion has been lifted, the National Roads Authority has confirmed.

Waterfront development approved by planning board

A small tourism development on the George Town waterfront has been granted “after the fact” planning approval despite objections from the National Roads Authority, the Department of Environment and a neighboring landowner.

NRA puts up signs, directional arrows at Butterfield roundabout

New road signs and directional arrows are greeting drivers and bicyclists on one of Cayman’s busiest intersections. The improvements were installed recently at the Butterfield roundabout and could be added at other intersections.

Ten-mile highway extension faces environmental roadblock

A 10-mile highway extension providing swift access from George Town to a planned golf resort in the eastern districts will require an environmental impact assessment before it gets the green light, the National Conservation Council ruled Wednesday.

Linford Pierson Hwy closes Thursday

The Linford Pierson Highway in George Town district will be closed to westbound traffic between 9 a.m. and noon on Thursday, Oct. 27. According to a government press release, the road will be closed at the roundabout by Silver Oaks, with traffic diverted to Crewe Road. The road will be closed while utility work is being carried out. Eastbound traffic is advised to exercise caution.

EDITORIAL – Port drops car: A ‘crash course’ in immunity clauses

The Williams family’s new life in the Cayman Islands started off with a bang — and a crash, and a thud … But no “I’m sorry” from port personnel who dropped their shipping container, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage to its contents, including their car, scooters and other property.

Expanded highway section costs US$5 million

It will cost the government US$5 million to expand a section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway from two to four lanes at its southern end in George Town, Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts confirmed Wednesday.

NRA, former director settle lawsuit

A settlement agreement has been reached in a 2015 lawsuit filed by former Cayman Islands National Roads Authority Director Brian Tomlinson against his former employer, the Cayman Compass has learned.

Red Bay roundabout ahead of schedule

Work on the Red Bay roundabout has squeezed traffic to and from Savannah and the eastern districts into one lane and several detours, slowing commutes to a crawl for several days this week, and backing traffic up for miles.

Work on government’s stretch of Esterley Tibbetts Highway begins

Clearance work began this week on government-owned land beside the Esterley Tibbetts Highway as part of the ongoing efforts to turn the road into a four-lane highway.

Linford Pierson Highway widening under way

The National Roads Authority is urging motorists to drive with caution while work on widening a section of the Linford Pierson Highway occurs.

Prospect, Red Bay roadwork to ramp up this summer

Roadwork in the Prospect and Red Bay areas will be scaled up in the coming weeks as the school year comes to a close, according to the National Roads Authority.

Esterley Tibbetts underpass taking shape

Work continues on schedule on the new underpass portion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway through Camana Bay.

Plans to build ‘boardwalk’ on South Sound Road submitted

Architectural drawings for a proposed “boardwalk” and what is anticipated to be a public park area in South Sound have been submitted to the Cayman Islands Central Planning Authority for approval, government officials confirmed Tuesday.

EDITORIAL – Esterley Tibbetts: Doing roadwork by halves

Perhaps the starkest illustration of the difference between how the public and private sectors do things (or don’t) in the Cayman Islands is the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Few EY report ‘priorities’ under way

Recommendations from a September 2014 government consultant’s report by the Ernst & Young accounting firm have been pared down to 57 areas which the civil service intends to “progress,” according to a report released last week.

Dart, gov’t sign amended partnership agreement

Developer Dart Realty, the Cayman Islands government and the National Roads Authority have officially signed the third amendment to the NRA agreement, tweaking some aspects of the development partnership.

Budget: Major development, pay bonuses ahead

The upcoming government budget incorporates aspects of a development agreement between the Cayman Islands public sector and the Dart group of companies, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Monday.

South Sound Road widening to begin

Roadwork will begin this week to widen a section of South Sound Road between Bel Air Drive and the South Sound dock, the National Roads Authority has advised.

Bodden Town road repairs to begin Tuesday

The National Roads Authority will begin work on resurfacing and paving along a stretch of Bodden Town Road on Tuesday.

Hurricane season preparations under way

In preparation for the hurricane season, the Public Works Department and the National Roads Authority will conduct shuttering exercises beginning this week.

Work begins on Red Bay roundabout reconstruction

The National Roads Authority plans to reconstruct the Red Bay roundabout this summer, and crews are already on site doing the preliminary work.

Savannah school crossing sign flattened

A lighted pedestrian crossing sign in front of Savannah Primary School has been knocked down, less than a month after it was installed.

Esterley Tibbetts expansion on schedule for February completion

The expansion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to four lanes, south of Camana Bay town center, is continuing apace.

New crosswalks improve pedestrian safety

Three new crosswalks with flashing lights – by Savannah Primary School, near the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Cayman Academy on Walkers Road, and by Bodden Town Primary School – also have buttons for pedestrians to press to activate the warning lights for drivers.

Roads authority set to counter South Sound Road congestion

The National Roads Authority hopes to ease congestion on South Sound Road as demand grows from residential and commercial development, and increasing use as a rush-hour alternative to Linford Pierson Highway and Crewe Road.

EDITORIAL – When government can do no wrong

What immunity clauses such as Section 12 of the HSA Law do is create a climate of “victors versus victims,” where the victors are the public agencies, and the victims are the ordinary members of Cayman society.

Students learn about safe driving from grandmother’s loss

A woman who lost a grandson in a road accident spoke to students at Cayman International School last week about road safety.

Before and after: Breakers cleanup

The old seaside path that has been a tranquil spot for residents to walk their dogs or observe wildlife had recently become a dumping ground.

Speed limit changes start Monday

After years of hitting road bumps, speed limit changes on a number of roads across Grand Cayman will go into effect Monday.

EDITORIAL – Road works: Hold the honking to a minimum

Starting this morning, motorists may find themselves hitting the brakes in the Seven Mile Beach corridor, as the National Roads Authority carries out repairs along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

EDITORIAL – Clink, clink; Drink, drink; Wink, wink

According to police data on traffic offenses, the number of charges for DUI (that is, “drink driving”) declined by 36 percent in 2015, compared to the previous year. Let’s be honest. The DUI numbers can be virtually anything we choose them to be.

Casuarina trees removed around South Sound dock

People who questioned the removal of casuarina trees in South Sound last week got their answer from Ken Thompson, one of the owners of Davenport Development.

First island-wide traffic survey in 17 years hits the road

The National Roads Authority has begun a traffic data survey to determine the number of cars on Grand Cayman’s roads.

Esterley Tibbetts Highway work progressing

There is relief in sight for the traffic problems along the Seven Mile Beach corridor.

West Bay Road

Work begins on East-West Arterial

The National Roads Authority has begun work to install a concrete barrier on the central meridian along the East-West Arterial between the Red Bay roundabout and the Dr. Tomlinson roundabout.

EDITORIAL – When government cannot even change a street sign

From time to time, a small issue becomes disproportionately large — to the chagrin, and possibly the misfortune, of those who chose to ignore...

A Christmas blessing for West Bay crew

The community cleanup is bringing pride, opportunity and Christmas cash to unemployed workers in West Bay.

Red Bay roads crumble from neglect

Residents in Selkirk Drive and Abbey Way area of Red Bay have complained for years to the National Roads Authority about the large potholes and constant flooding that plague their neighborhood.

Enterprise City campus gets zoning approval

Zoning approval has been granted for Cayman Enterprise City’s proposed campus on a 70-acre site in South Sound.

Esterley Tibbetts Highway widening project begins

The project to widen the southernmost portion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to four lanes, which was announced on Nov. 25, is already under way.

700 hired for seasonal work program

Seven hundred Caymanians have been selected to take part in the government’s Christmas work program.

Dart, government confirm highway expansion deal

The Esterley Tibbetts highway will be expanded to four lanes along the full length of the route within the next 18 months after government and developer Dart Realty confirmed they had finalized the outstanding details of the National Roads Authority agreement. The deal also involves the US$14.6 million purchase by the Dart group of the Dragon Bay lands on the North Sound.

Conservation Council questions Ministry of Tourism role in pier project

The National Conservation Council has questioned the role of the Ministry of Tourism in pushing for the cruise pier project.

End in sight for Smith Road construction

Smith Road is expected to re-open by next week, bringing relief for motorists and businesses impacted by the three-month construction project.

EY Report update: Few job cuts, less outsourcing in gov’t plan

Although proposals will initially lead to few job losses and no outsourcing of functions to the private sector, the Cayman Islands government announced Monday that it would seek to move forward with a total of 51 recommendations derived from a 2014 consultant report.

School zone speeding could cost license

Speeding through an area marked as a school zone in the Cayman Islands could soon cost motorists their driver’s license, government officials confirmed last week.

New parking lot for BT park

After years of discussion, work has begun on a new parking lot behind the Bodden Town Mission House.

Smith Road work nearly done

Work to widen Smith Road through central George Town should be wrapped up by the end of this month, weather permitting.

Smith Road congestion to extend to late October

The $1.8 million road-widening project on Smith Road that started in July will not be finished until late October.

Speed of Cayman: No ‘fast lane’ in a traffic jam

Just to keep up with the accelerating pace of the wider world, the Cayman Islands as a country needs to increase its velocity, and get things done more quickly. But instead of moving faster, all too often we find ourselves stuck – in traffic.

Kimpton hotel aims for November 2016 opening

Building work on the Kimpton hotel on Seven Mile Beach is on schedule, project managers say, and the hotel is poised to open on Nov. 1, 2016.

Impact of port construction highlighted

The negative impact of the estimated three-year construction period for the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town harbor should not be underestimated, according to a new review from the Environmental Assessment Board.

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