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National Roads Authority launches public information website for the East West Arterial EIA

National Roads Authority launches public information website for the East West Arterial EIA

 Members of the public can access the ‘Your EIA in action’ website by clicking the image below.

 

 

4 March 2024

National Roads Authority launches public information website for the East-West Arterial Environmental Impact Assessment study.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) has launched a new website which allows the general public in the Cayman Islands to learn about the ongoing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study underway on the East-West Arterial (EWA) road development.

The new ‘Your EIA in action’ website is a resource where members of the public can be informed about what an EIA is, why it is being carried out, and what topics it is studying when it is conducted for an infrastructure project.

The EIA for the EWA road is a multi-disciplinary study that evaluates the potential impact on the environment and communities due to the construction of the proposed road. The results are used by decision-makers in the Cayman Islands Government to inform the final EWA road scheme that can provide opportunities and amenities to enhance the quality of life and travel for all users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.

The NRA Managing Director, Mr. Edward Howard said, “The EWA is more than just a road extension. It’s the optimal solution to enhance connectivity between the eastern and western sides of our island, lay the foundation for future, sustainable development in Grand Cayman, and improve the resilience of our road infrastructure during natural disasters.”

National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS)

National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS)

National Road Safety Strategy - The Road to Zero

17 November 2023   |   By: Anne Kensington-Lott     

Developed in collaboration with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), the National Roads Authority (NRA), and the Department of Vehicle and Driver's Licensing (DVDL), the NRSS charts a bold path towards eliminating road fatalities and serious injuries by 2038. This strategy ushers in a new era of road safety with a clear vision: "Safe Roads, Safe Cayman: The Road to Zero".

The NRSS is the result of an extensive partnership, leveraging the expertise and resources of key stakeholders to create a safer future for all road users. It outlines innovative and targeted initiatives aimed at transforming the Cayman Islands' road safety culture, infrastructure, and enforcement mechanisms.

Minister Johany "Jay" Ebanks expressed the urgency and importance, stating, "The NRSS is our pledge to the people of the Cayman Islands. It is a comprehensive approach that prioritizes life and the safety of every individual on our roads. Every step we take from now on is a step towards a future where road accidents no longer claim the lives of our residents and visitors." The NRSS addresses critical areas for action, such as enhancing driver education, improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, upgrading road infrastructure, and leveraging technology for better enforcement. The strategy also emphasizes the importance of community engagement and education to instil a culture of road safety.

Key highlights of the NRSS include:

Saving Lives on Cayman Roads: Initiatives to reduce high-risk behaviours and promote safe driving habits.

Using Roads Safely: Education campaigns targeting all demog...

CUC Roundabout to Tomlinson Roundabout Corridor Multimodal Improvement Plan

CUC Roundabout to Tomlinson Roundabout Corridor Multimodal Improvement Plan

CUC Roundabout to Tomlinson Roundabout Corridor Multimodal Improvement Plan release

The National Roads Authority (NRA) conducted this planning study to evaluate the benefits of potential transportation investments to reduce congestion and improve the quality of life on Grand Cayman along the heavily-travelled CUC to Tomlinson Roundabout corridor.

The study corridor extends 1.50 miles, connecting the districts of Bodden Town and George Town and is intended to provide concepts for improving multimodal transportation and safety, while accommodating future growth. There are four major roundabout intersections within this area: the CUC Roundabout, the Grand Harbour Roundabout, the Red Bay Roundabout, and the Tomlinson Roundabout. The proposed Service Road is a committed project that is anticipated to run parallel to the main study corridor and will connect the CUC Roundabout to the Red Bay area on Shamrock Road.

The area immediately surrounding the study corridor is the site of increased mixed-use development, particularly around the Grand Harbour Roundabout. New residential and retail / commercial developments continue to open between the Grand Harbour and Tomlinson Roundabouts. As a result, the corridor faces the added challenge of balancing competing needs: maximizing vehicle throughput for commuters while providing safe access for pedestrians. To address these shifting needs, this plan takes a multimodal approach and assesses impacts across all users.

The above report is set to be released as a Final Draft for general public discussion on Monday April 29th 2024 @ https://www.caymanroads.com/projects/cuc-roundabout-to-tomlinson-roundabout-multimodal-improvement-plan for one month (May 27th 2024). The public is asked to provide any comments and or discussion points to...

Jay Bodden Highway (Airport Road Connector)

Jay Bodden Highway (Airport Road Connector)

The Airport Connector is a planned 4-lane divided, two (2) mile long highway that is to provide a direct link between the Owen Roberts Airport and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Section 1 of the ACR which extends from the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to Alie B Drive is complete. Section 1 costs approximately $10.2M.

On December 22nd 2023 @ noon motorists will we able to access North Sound Road and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway using Section 1 of the ACR, Alie B Drive, Lincoln Dr and Sparky Drive as illustrated below:

 

 

GRAND OPENING OF AIRPORT CONNECTOR ROAD: JAY BODDEN HIGHWAY

The National Roads Authority (NRA) would like to inform the public that Phase 1 of the Airport Connector Road (ACR) will open this Friday, December 22, 2023. Officially named the Jay Bodden Highway, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30am, with Phase 1 of the Jay Bodden Highway opening to the public at noon the same day.

The Jay Bodden Highway is a planned four lane divided, two mile long highway that is to provide a direct link between the Owen Roberts Airport and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Phase 1 of the JBH extends from the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to the Water Authority Sewage Treatment Plane with internal roads providing access to the North Sound Road and Sparky Drive intersection.

This comes as part of the National Road Authority’s continued effort to provide relief for congestion and improve commute times primarily durin...

Linford Pierson Highway - Bobby Thompson Roundabout

Linford Pierson Highway - Bobby Thompson Roundabout

New road layout at Bobby Thompson Way roundabout

The National Roads Authority (NRA) would like to notify the public of the opening of the new roundabout on Bobby Thompson Way on Monday December 11th 2023.

From Monday, 11th December 2023, the existing roundabout on Bobby Thompson Way will be removed, shifting traffic to the larger roundabout, however, it is still an active construction site. Not all lanes will be completed, so motorists are being asked to drive with due care and attention.

The NRA thanks everyone for their patience and support while we continue to work to improve the roads in this area.

Members of the public can email [email protected] with questions or comments regarding this project. For any urgent questions or concerns please call 525-1251.

Final Terms of Reference - Environmental Impact Assessment - East West Arterial Extension

Final Terms of Reference - Environmental Impact Assessment - East West Arterial Extension

Finalized April 4th 2023 - Complete Final NRA EWA Extension Terms of Reference with appendices (350 pages) - Redacted July 6th 2023


Finalized April 4th 2023 - Main Final NRA EWA Extension Terms of Reference (104 pages)

 

 

Finalized April 4th 2023 - Appendices for Final NRA EWA Extension Terms of Reference - Redacted July 6th 2023 (246 pages)

Public Notice Availability of the Draft Terms of Reference Document  for the Environmental Impact Assessment of the East – West Arterial

Public Notice Availability of the Draft Terms of Reference Document for the Environmental Impact Assessment of the East – West Arterial

Draft ToR - Environmental Impact Assessment for the East-West Arterial Extension 

The public is invited to review and comment on the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Assessment of the East-West Arterial Extension from Woodland Drive to Frank Sound Road. 

Your input will be considered in the finalisation of the Terms of Reference document which is available to download above.

There will be two public meetings:

  • Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre, 923 North Side Road, North Side, 6 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, 7 February 2023
  • Cayman Islands Baptist Church, 163 Pedro Castle Road, Savannah, from 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, 9 February 2023

Public Meeting Presentation - download below

Printed copies will also be available at the following locations:

  •  NRA Office – 370 North Sound Road, Grand Cayman;
  • North Side Public Library – 891 North Side Road, North Side;
  • Savannah Post Office – 1687 Shamrock Road, Savannah;
  • Vernon L. Jackson Public Library and Learning Centre – 69 Bodden Town Road, Bodden Town;and
  • East End Public Library – 2739 Sea View Road, East End

Comments on the draft Terms of Reference may be submitted:

  • in wri...

East West Arterial

East West Arterial

The Rex Crighton Boulevard (formerly the East West Arterial) will be extended by two miles from Hirst Road to east of Woodland Drive in Bodden Town. Site clearing and preliminary filling has commenced – Topographical Survey and Final Design of Phase 1 (the section from Hirst Road to Woodland Drive) are in progress.

NRA has finalized the design of the intersection of Hirst Rd and East-West Arterial, as well as options for the Intersection with Shamrock Rd at the eastern end of this segment.

NRA are in discussions with the National Conservation Council to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) concurrently with design / construction of Phase 2 from Woodland Dr to Lookout Gardens.  

Phase 1 Under Construction - Hirst Road to Woodland Drive  

Phases 2 and 3 EIA Development Woodland Drive to Lookout Gardens and Lookout Gardens to Frank Sound Road

Traffic Analysis and EIA Development 

Traffic Discussion in the Press

Article 1 - Why is the Proposed East West Arterial Corridor so Important?

Linford Pierson Highway Widening - Phase Two

Linford Pierson Highway Widening - Phase Two

The Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure and the National Roads Authority (NRA) announce that Phase 2 of the Linford Pierson Highway widening project will commence on Monday, March 14. Expected full completion summer 2023.  A temporary traffic pattern offering interim increased lane capacity has been put in place. The cost of the project will be approximately $7.5M.

Phase 2 of the Linford Pierson Highway will see a widening of the road from two travel lanes to six travel lanes between Agnes Way Roundabout and the traffic signal at Bobby Thompson Way and Smith Road. The road will feature a raised solid grass median, along with enhanced drainage and street lighting.

April 29th 2022 Press Release Update - Click Here

Initial Press Release - CLICK HERE

Boundary Plan 615 with aerial - CLICK HERE

Gazette Plan BP 615 - CLICK HERE

Project Board - CLICK HERE

Diversion - CLICK HERE

Photos -

January 2022 January 2022 

Shamrock Road Six Lane Widening

Shamrock Road Six Lane Widening

Hurley Merren and Crewe Road Widening project (6 lanes) is a complex multi-phase road development project that involves increase of lane capacity on the primary arterials and at intersections supporting these arterials.

The project began in 2019 with 3 lane upgrades to the Grand Harbour Roundabout, Red Bay Roundabout and Chrissie Tomlinson Roundabout.  The CUC Roundabout at Kings Sports Centre is also scheduled for a major upgrade starting in early 2023.

Travel lane expansion for roadways in between is being carried out in segments as the process requires complex relocation of utilities and the removal and replacement of boundary walls, fences, etc.

Section 1 - CLICK HERE

Section 2 - CLICK HERE