Road closures begin on West Bay by-pass
(CNS): Parts of the Esterly Tibbetts Highway will be closed this week as Dart’s contractors begin work on a new roundabout at Governor’s Way, which is where the proposed closure of the West Bay road will begin. The Dart Group has announced that the access point to Governors Harbour will be temporarily restricted to the entrance near Lime Tree Bay as the entrance from the highway will be permanently closed. The group stated in a release at the weekend that a new entrance will be built as part of the new Governors Way roundabout. “Construction of the new roundabout will take approximately 18 weeks to complete,” the firm stated. “There will also be temporary changes to traffic flow on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway during construction.”
Sections of the north-bound lanes will be temporarily diverted and the south-bound lanes will accommodate two-way traffic. Drivers will still be able to travel north and south on Esterley Tibbetts Highway but the northbound traffic will be temporarily merged into one of the southbound lanes, which will accommodate two-way traffic during the road works.
Island Paving has been contracted by Dart to construct the new roundabout, which is part of the new Esterly Tibbetts Highway that has been agreed between by the National Roads Authority, the Cayman Islands Government and Dart Realty
“The National Roads Authority has approved plans for the construction of a road and roundabout at Governors Way, as part of our on-going supervision of the highway extension,” said NRA Acting Deputy Managing Director Paul Parchment.
“Traffic flow and worker safety are of paramount importance, and we have ensured that temporary lane alterations will create minimal disruption for drivers while allowing for protection of road workers on site,” Parchment added.
The construction of the new road and roundabout will result in the closure of the existing privately-owned Governors Way road between Esterley Tibbetts Highway and West Bay Road. The closure is in anticipation of the land being made available for proposed new Public Beach Park and facilities on the site Dart stated in its release.
“Plans include parking, playground and camping facilities, plus pedestrian and cycle paths to allow the public safe and direct access to the beach. In the meantime, there will be a temporary parking set aside for beachgoers. Parchment said an area for public parking will be made available close to Public Beach, at the intersection of West Bay Road and Governors Way.
Dart admitted it was going ahead with the project even though the Agreement is still being independently reviewed by PricewaterhouseCooper, to assess value for money to the government and people of the Cayman Islands.
The highway extension is part of a proposed plan that will see a stretch of 4,000 feet of the West Bay Road closed and swapped with Dart for land in Barkers and West Bay. The developer has agreed to fund the extension and has given government $5 milllion from a promised payment of $20 million. The deal has caused considerable controversy and several activists groups are opposed to the road closure and are continuing to campaign against it.
Despite the opposition, government entered into the deal with Dart, which will eventually be part of a wider project that includes the development of a five star resort on the site of the former Courtyard Marriott.
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