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The only constant in this world is change.

The Greek philosopher behind this ancient pearl of wisdom could have been referring to the current state of Camana Bay.

New roads and bridges, underpasses and overpasses are under construction to the north, south, and west of the town centre.

It’s an expansion on all fronts, one that’s changing the very face of Cayman.

“It’s so exciting to see the project come together,” said newly-minted Dart Realty president Jackie Doak. She told Cayman 27 rapid progress on Camana Bay’s vehicular underpass practically gives her chills up her spine.

“First you had the formation of the lanes of the road, and then you had the rebar, which were spectacular, and then now you have the concrete going in,” said Ms. Doak.

The underpass is taking shape. Massive concrete beams that slightly resemble enormous bathtubs, weighing 44 tons each are being laid in place. The underpass requires 42 of these in each direction of traffic.

“That is progressing on schedule, perhaps even as early as 2017 we will be able to drive through the underpass and pedestrians will be able to go over the Esterley Tibbetts highway,” said Ms. Doak.

Another project, a new bridge linking Camana Bay town centre to the festival green should be complete by year’s end.

“This will be a beautiful bridge that will allow boats to go underneath, people to walk underneath on the boardwalk, there will be a continuation of the boardwalk that’s beside us, as well as vehicles going over to the festival green,” said Ms. Doak.

When work on the Esterley Tibbetts highway expansion and realignment is complete, a path under the four lanes of traffic will link Cayman International School to the National Gallery.

Is the pace of change too fast?? Ms. Doak doesn’t think so.

“There will always be that group that doesn’t want change, but it comes down to a decision for the island and our government, and the people who live here as to how is Cayman going to continue to grow and thrive and sustain itself given all the competition that surrounds us,” she said.

Ms. Doak told Cayman 27 once the office building at one nexus way is complete, another building, this one to house the Dart headquarters, will be hot on its heels.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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