Dart is moving the earth to reshape our island, and changing the way drivers get from point A to point B.
Thursday (11 February), Dart revealed the latest revisions to its plan to realign and widen the Esterley Tibbetts Highway through Camana Bay, giving Cayman 27 a first look at the four lane underpass under construction, as well as some other surprises in the plan.
“It really is transformational, but transformational in a very positive way,” said Dart Realty COO Jackie Doak, who told Cayman 27 new amendments to the NRA agreement, submitted Thursday to the Central Planning Authority, will bring big and welcome changes for the motoring public.
“The modification that we are submitting for is to relocate the existing roundabout at the south of Camana Bay, so the Lawrence [boulevard] roundabout, we’ll move it a bit more north into the town centre and it will become a five lane roundabout,” said Ms. Doak.
She told Cayman 27 the new roundabout, in tandem with four lanes of traffic flowing underneath a pedestrian overpass through Camana Bay, will ease traffic headaches and give better access to shops and offices. For pedestrians, the overpass will allow access from the Camana Bay’s north sound waterfront all the way to West Bay Road and Seven Mile Beach, providing what she described as spectacular views from above. She said the underpass will be aesthetically pleasing for drivers as well, not just another concrete blight.
“Think about the underpass as an art gallery,” said Ms. Doak. “The finishing we’re going to do on the underpass is exceptional, it will be very exciting for the vehicles going through.”
She told Cayman 27 the road works will be transformational well beyond the confines of Camana Bay, and well into the future.
“It’s not a short term fix, it’s a very long term solution and also coming, will be the extension all the way down to the bank of Butterfield roundabout, which will complete a four lane highway infrastructure from George Town through West Bay.”
She said the new road, from the Century 21 roundabout to the future airport connector road roundabout, including the underpass, should be complete in a year’s time.
“[The future airport connector road roundabout] really benefits many, including the National Gallery, who their visitors will now be able to turn around much earlier, whereas before they’d have to go all the way down to the Butterfield roundabout,” said Ms. Doak.
This infrastructure project, she said, is paving the way for more growth and more development now and into the future. Tenants are already moving into the completed One Forum Lane building, and work is beginning to construct its sister building, One Nexus Way.
In addition to these many changes, Ms. Doak told Cayman 27 a new road into Camana Bay from the Century 21 roundabout, the Limestone Link, will be open to traffic in just a few months.
She said Dart’s five to ten year plan includes continual development and continual projects.