Elgin Avenue extension underway

| 20/07/2018 | 37 Comments
Cayman News Service

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(CNS): The National Roads Authority (NRA) has begun work on the construction of the Elgin Avenue Extension in George Town. The project will see the road extended east from the CNB roundabout, connecting to a new two-lane roundabout, with exits to Printer Way and Crewe Road. Officials said that when construction is complete, drivers will not be able to access Printer Way via Thomas Russell Avenue.

The work is expected to last around four months and motorists are asked to keep an eye on traffic diversions and to drive with caution.

The NRA thanked the public for their patience as engineers get to work on what they said were much-needed improvements.

Call 946-7780 or email nra@nra.ky with any questions or comments about the project.

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  1. Soldier Crab says:

    1. This has been going on for more than a month; has CNS only just noticed?

    CNS: No, we haven’t just noticed. We received notice from the NRA and decided to make a story out of it instead of putting it on the Notice Board.

    2. “Elgin Avenue Extension”. If that is to be the name, how come Huldah Ave. becomes Bobby Thompson Way when it crosses the traffic lights; Lyndhurst Ave. becomes Agnes Way with neither traffic lights nor roundabout to separate them; there are other examples of roads changing name with no apparent reason.

    3. Given that the plan is to construct a taxiway from the Owen Roberts terminal apron parallel to the runway down to the Western end, hence Foster’s has to move, what will happen to the airport access which is presently by Dorcy Drive?

    4. Remembering that the link road around the Western end of the runway was constructed after the last extension to satisfy David Foster’s concern that if all of the traffic heading East went via the Jacques Scott junction down Thomas Russel/Huldah Avenues then FFF would lose most of their business, wait until the new FFF is in operation on Linford Pearson Highway and we will see what the fine details of the plan are.

  2. Anonymous says:

    build a flyover or underpass at hurley’s then traffic heading east would not have to stop.

  3. Richard Wadd says:

    Thisb(once again) raises the question as to whether or not the NRA program is being used for a purpose other than just building infrastructure & roads? It also questions if those in charge are either highly incompetent or being directed by others for another purpose and THIS section of road is a blatant example of why theses questions are being asked!
    The expansion of the Airport and related extension of the Runway through that part of Shedden Road to the West of the runway have been public knowledge for YEARS. Yet the NRA spent time & $$$ putting in a knowingly soon-to-be useless round-a-bout at ‘Malfunction Junction’. Why were those resourcs not incorporated into this extension? The end result would have been the same for the Public and at greatly reduced cost. There is simply no logical explanation!
    There is also NO logic in wanting to join the new extension to Printers Way. Both the awkwardness of the connections and the vastly added cost simply do not justify it any more than joining Crew Road to Shedden Road since we ARE extending the runway through that roadway in the (very) near future.
    Any rational person with a1/2 an analytical mind would conclude that this is about money and kick-backs, for it is really hard to find any other logical explanation!
    This is the people’s money, and we have the right to answers!

    • Two Cents says:

      Can you please translate “(very) near future” to a year Richard since you’re obviously in the know?
      And by the way, the “soon-to-be useless round-a-bout at ‘Malfunction Junction’” was one of the best expenditures I’ve seen by the NRA. Obviously you don’t use that junction regularly.

      • Richard Wadd says:

        Nowhere in my first comment did I imply that the ‘MFJ’ round-a-bout didn’t ‘work’ or improve road safety at that intersection. But the fact remains that this could also have been achieved by simply eliminating the Shedden Rd / Crew Rd intersection altogether. By doing so NRA would have achieved an even greater level of safety at far less cost to the public purse. That it works is moot because it wasn’t necessary.

  4. Anonymous says:

    all I have to say ….Please for the love of GOD finish one road first before starting another. its just too much . The only time you can get anywhere is after 11PM and then nothing is open lol

    • Anonymous says:

      well said….how come linford peirson expansion is 18 months late and still not finished?
      media should be on this story…

    • Cecil says:

      Like Camana Bay…..go through there one day and next day you come up against a wall of dry dirt and dug up road. And don’t try going there at night!

  5. West Bay Premier says:

    Yes that road would be stupid , knowing that such big improvements is being done to the Airport , and that extention of the runway should have be also considered . Now by putting the road in , later they will decide to extend the runway and the way it would be done is going out in the water which is going to cost 5 times more , than if it had been extended from the inland side . I still believe that the government has more money than sense , but like the saying goes, a fool and his money would soon part .

  6. Anonymous says:

    Valid thought. Hope you also use your indicator EVERY time you use a roundabout, change lanes, make a turn, etc. All of these things help to let traffic flow more smoothly but too many seem to think that it does not apply to them.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Long overdue but absolutely no need for yet another roundabout. They need to close the existing road immediately West of the runway for safety purposes. Aircraft landing pass much too close to that road. That was the original intention when Thomas Russel Way was built but politics decided dufferently.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Extend the run way and get rid of the road from airport to Crewe Road

  9. Anonymous says:

    nra…free advice
    replace 4 way on smith rd with mini roundabout…why this was not done as part of smith rd expansion is beyond belief.
    free advice #2
    replace stop lights with mini roundabout at top of eastern avenue (smb end)

  10. Anonymous says:

    make sure you put an extra inside lane on the roundabout….. only ever seen in cayman!

  11. John says:

    What a stupid idea to join printer way to new roundabout. Traffic will be worst!

  12. Anonymous says:

    NOOOOOOO. Not another round-a-bout. These are what is causing the congestion.
    Simply too many in close proximity, and drivers not using them properly. I am getting Vertigoooo…..CRASH!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Proximity means close. Close proximity is redundant. Just like chai means tea, “chai tea” is uterly stupid.

      • Anonymous says:

        You’re too pedantic for my hangover.

      • Anonymous says:

        When I am corrected for a grammatical error, I check to see if I was incorrect.
        I am not, but neither are you. We are both correct.
        Here is what I found when I did a Google search, oh thou Great English Teacher.

        noun: proximity

        nearness in space, time, or relationship.
        “do not operate microphones in close proximity to television sets”
        synonyms: closeness, nearness, propinquity;


        Oh by the way, I did err when I placed the comma after ‘and’.

        Have a great day.

  13. avguy says:

    This is necessary for future airport runway extension

  14. Henry says:

    What I cannot understand is why not finish one stretch at a time? Some Schools will be opening next month a linford Pierson highway still not completed. School is currently out and traffic is worst now than when we had only 2 lanes.

    • Live Free..... says:

      Because NRA is doing it in Phases, Phase one of Linford Pearson soon to be completed and then NRA would start with phase two. And Esterly Tibbetts Hwy is almost completed which was also done in two phases.

      • Anonymous says:

        Esterly Tibbetts was done in two phases because dart completed one and gave the NRA the other, which is still going on because they can’t keep up to how fast Dart works.

        • Live Free.... says:

          Really, WOW!!! I had the impression that Dart and NRA worked on phase one of Esterly Tibbetts highway. Next time read the Billboard and you would see Dart, Government and NRA. Please stop bigging up Dart.

  15. Sticky Wicket says:

    If this is not a precursor to closing the road around the end of the runway then it is a futile waste of resources, again.

  16. Anonymous says:

    What a mess this will create at the junction of this extension and Crewe Road near the Airport Road!! Who designs these roads??!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is going to add another bottleneck for traffic coming from foster’s way, which already backs up solid. If a lot of people use this new route when coming from Elgin instead of going to the stoplight, the same people from foster’s traffic will have to yield to those taking the new route instead of stoplight.

    Said the guy who doesn’t design or work on roads. But, do I not have a point or am I missing something?

    Surely this might help with morning traffic, but evening traffic will probably get worse coming from airport/wac/cuc way.

    • Anonymous says:

      You think to much

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman’s traffic problems doesn’t come from our road designs (maybe the argument could be made about central town)
      Our traffic is due to the ceaseless and unregulated importation of thousands of cars over the past 10-15 years
      Expanding roads and throwing in a roundabout or two isn’t going to solve our issue, and the government knows that

      They also know that it is easy to campaign on new extremely visible road developments

      What we should ask as a people is why despite the endless road works and expansions that the government wants to take credit for the traffic issue has been uninterrupted

    • Anonymous says:

      The only way to really help traffic flow heading east is to some how get rid or the hurleys roundabout or work around it

      • Crab Claw says:

        The issue with that Hurley’s roundabout in the evening is cause by the south sound traffic coming into it, maybe if you found a way to mediate that issue the flow of traffic from Linford and Crewe Road into the Hurley’s roundabout would have a better flow.

        • Anonymous says:

          The problem is caused by people taking Old Crewe Road as a shortcut and thinking they have the right of way over everyone already on South Sound Road.

        • Anonymous says:

          a flyover heading east/ west on the outside lane the inside can go around the hurleys roundabout.

      • Live Free..... says:

        Maybe they already have plans for that, don’t jump ahead of yourself.

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