$7.1M mile-long stretch of LPH opens

| 10/08/2018 | 55 Comments
Cayman News Service

NRA Acting Director Edward Howard

(CNS): Phase one of the Linford Pierson Highway project was officially opened Friday morning, completing an important part of government’s plans to improve and expand the road network in and around George Town. Justifying the stretch of widened road, which is just over one-mile long and cost CI$7.1 million, the acting director of the National Roads Authority, Edward Howard, pointed out that 15 years ago the highway carried around 13,000 vehicles per day, compared to 21,000 today. He said the new four-lane road would offer a quicker and smoother commute for motorists.

Although there will be a second phase for this road, the government is shelving that stretch as it turns its attention to a new airport road and the connection to Elgin Avenue, as well as other roads around the capital. The second phase is also contingent on the acquisition of land currently occupied by an equestrian centre, and government continues to negotiate with the landowner.

During phase one government also had to purchase land, including two family homes, and spent over $3.5 million on those acquisitions and compensation.

Describing the completion and official opening of the widened road, Planning Minister Joey Hew, who has responsibility for the NRA, said he was pleased to have reached the milestone.

Cayman News Service

Roy McTaggart, the district’s MLA, at the opening of Linford Pierson Highway expansion

“Our community is growing,” he said. “Our infrastructure has to improve to meet the growing needs. We understand that it hasn’t always been convenient but we are grateful for the public’s patience.”

Howard explained that the project had taken a little longer than expected but the NRA had ensured that at no time was the highway completely closed.

“We were mindful of the high level of vehicle trips this road accommodates and we wanted to minimise the disruption to traffic as much as possible, so we never closed the road in its entirety at any period. Work was planned so that only short sections of the road were inaccessible for short durations,” he said.

With the completion of this project, Howard stressed the safety aspects, pointing out that with four lanes, a median and guard rails, the possibility of head-on collisions, the most dangerous type of road crashes, has been dramatically reduced.

Stretching from Agnes Way to Silver Oaks, the LPH is now 100 feet wide, with two lanes in each direction and a bicycle lane. The road has been elevated, and has improved drainage and better lighting, Howard said, noting that the road had been designed with a duct bank to accommodate utility lines, so that there will be no need to dig up the road.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s time for Grand Cayman to get an overhead highway, especially from the east to town.

  2. Simon says:

    For $7.1M let’s see how the traffic improves during rush hour on a school week.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good start, but the Hurley’s round about is where the real problem is. I don’t know what they can do about it short of an overpass or underpass. If there was an overpass or underpass the traffic issue would be solved at least for evening rush hour traffic. As it is now, the extra lane is only good for stacking up more cars with the illusion of getting further faster.
    The under/overpass will never be allowed by the obstructionists, so I guess we’ll just have to suffer.

    • Anonymous says:

      If people stayed in the correct lanes approaching the roundabout and used them properly the traffic would flow a lot faster. One issue is too many people using the outside lane incorrectly and subsequently causing a backlog from other roads joining the roundabout.

      • Anonymous says:

        During rush hour its pretty much impossible to use the left lane only when heading east through the Hurley’s round about. It’s stop and go bumper to bumper with constant interruption coming from south sound. Even if everyone did use the left lane only when intending to continue east, you’d be right back to one lane theory again. Maybe a third lane..or as someone else mentioned, putting a traffic light at the south sound entrance to the round about that was only active during rush hour. That might help.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think that as someone else here mentioned, maybe a traffic light that only works during rush hour might assist with traffic at Hurley’s.

      Another idea I had is to have this stretch function as 3 lanes going into town in the mornings and 3 leaving in the PM. It would take some thought and coordination but I’ve seen this done in other countries and would need little modification to the current roads.

      Another idea could be to build a parking lot around the grand harbour area and have some type of shuttle buses taking you the rest of the way in, although this really would just be the same as improving public transport but on a much smaller scale.

      My 2 cents!

  4. Slow Traffic Keep Left says:

    Can everyone please move to the left lane if someone is behind you trying to pass? This method is used all over Europe and seems to work in keeping traffic flow moving. Thank you!

    • Anonymous says:

      If you allow them to safely do that, they certainly would. Think of a teenager who just got lincensed or your grandma, they get nervous when you flash your lights. The former still learns the ropes, the later needs more time.

      • Anonymous says:

        The point really is that they should already be in the left lane, the right lane should only be used for passing in a perfect world. You move to the right lane to pass a car, once you pass them you move back into the left lane. Unless of course you coming up to a turn or a roundabout where you need to be in the right lane for other reasons.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can we please get some trees planted in the median?

    • Anonymous says:

      What happens when the next hurricane comes and the trees obstruct the road
      Trees should never be on the very edge of the roads especially larger roads that connect vital services and equipment to the more remote sections of the Islands

      Lightpoles and power lines are bad enough

      The last thing we need is more obstructions during times of national emergency

      • Anonymous says:

        11.58 he is talking about the median! Not the edge. It grows nicely in florida and elsewhere without tearing up the asphalt

    • Anonymous says:

      8:27am: sorry but that will not happen with the probable con argument being that the roots will tear up the asphalt and that the cars heading westwards cannot see the cars heading eastwards due to the trees!

      Mark my words, the argument will be some shtye along those lines!

  6. Anonymous says:

    can someone please explain the magic non-usable inside lanes on the new roundabouts????
    i need a good laugh

    • Anonymous says:

      If you notice all the bypass roads ie Hurley Merren and Linford Pierson and the east west arterial all have extra room on the inside This is to allow for future widening from 1-2 lanes or 2-3 lanes. They built the round about with the 3rd lane.

      The logic behind doing the roads that way is that future expansion to the additional lanes will be on the inside and cause minimal interruption to traffic.

      • Anonymous says:

        that don’t make sense. if the point comes where a 3rd lane is needed…they could have expanded the roads and the roundabouts at the same time.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good start, Now just add a large number of speed bumps on Old Crewe Road to slow down those vehicles racing to South Sound road to cut in traffic and only just causing delay at the the Hurleys traffic circle.for the main traffic flow.

    • Anonymous says:

      Speed bumps on a main road… do you own a mechanic shop??

    • Anonymous says:

      Considering the number of trucks and SUVs in Cayman, speed bumps aren’t really a very effective speed reducer in my opinion as these larger vehicles can still go over them at high speed. A cop don’t there a few times would help and they seem to have been doing that quite a bit lately, just not down that particular road.

      On another note I think that old crewe rd should really just be blocked in the middle, it does nothing positive for traffic. That or put a traffic light at each end on a long timer for rush hour, people might not be in such a rush to use it then.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, I think there shouldn’t be any left turn between 4pm – 7pm from Old Crewe Road onto South Sound. Just has there is no right turn unto Old Crewe Road from South Sound during the morning rush hours.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Roads do not solve the traffic problem.
    Better public transportation, flextime work, 4 day work weeks, moving jobs towards the east, demanding private schools to use busses, driving lessons, work from home etc, will.
    All these roads still end up in one parking lot or tiny roundabout.

  9. Road user says:

    Now fix Bobby Thompson Way, that’s been a mess since way before Linford Pearson was even thought of.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Now put a flow control light at South Sound entrance to Hurleys roundabout and we will be fine

    • Anonymous says:

      Absolutely! If there is no control of the traffic coming from South Sound onto the Grand Harbour roundabout, then the road was a waste of time.

    • Anonymous says:

      or a flyover

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh come on, that’s far too 20th century for Cayman…it will get called end of days or something…not part of the local heritage…

  11. Anonymous says:

    still wondering how we will get past Grand Harbour

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. And the eastern districts still have a mule trail to take to town!! Hey Minister Hew, Grand Cayman goes beyond Red Bay!!! There are people up this side too!!!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s all well and good but at the end of the day it still bottlenecks to two lanes and causes a traffic nightmare. Now there is just an extra lane backed up.

  13. Anonymous says:

    What’s hard to swallow is that government paid 3.5 million to acquire the two homes/ properties and then build them new ones. The two houses were run down to begin with. Then to build two new ones. Something just doesn’t add up.

    • Anonymous says:

      The compensation included the various necessary land purchases, including the properties with the homes. It did not pay 3.5M just for the homes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Try reading the article again, before making stupid comments.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Planning Minister Joey Hew should meet personally with the equestrian centre owner and push to resolve the issue quick for the good of the people. Relocate the centre at CIGs expense. We need the road!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Send Roy to do it.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the equestrian owners and patrons that petitioned against the road coming through their property can’t see and feel the value of straightening that road now they are blinded by their selfishness. Everyone else who gets displaced by government roads has to live with it and adjust. Your horses and patrons will too.

    • Anonymous says:

      How can a single property owner hold up solving a massive problem for the entire population?

      Has the PPM government refused to pay the market price for that offending property?

      A highway that goes nowehere is quite simply, wasteful!

    • Anonymous says:

      There is perfectly empty land on the other side of the road. The equestrian center is not a problem. The problem is that once the NRA draws a dotted line on the map, it refuses to ever make any adjustments when years later it starts building.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Already the shoulder is littered with debris thrown from cars including broken beer bottles. Please drivers, think of cyclists and pedestrians when you hurl bottles out of the window.

    • Anonymous says:

      Think of the environment then bikes and pedestrians. Try that.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pedestrians and cyclists are probably already thinking of the environment – try that

        • Anonymous says:

          So think of people before the environment again. There will be no people if we pollute the place to death. Stop arguing with someone who is on your side.

  16. Anonymous says:

    what do the road critics have to say now?

    • Anonymous says:

      What do we say?

      Yet another half-baked idea, excessively expensive that took far too long to come to an end (certainly not complete!)

  17. George Towner says:

    Well done PPM government, well done!

  18. Anonymous says:

    wonderland stuff….a road expansion to nowhere….

  19. Anonymous says:

    absolute nonsense. please tell me why it is 18 month late on completion and does not include expansion to bobby thompson(the real bottle neck)?
    these are the only real questions…

  20. Anonymous says:

    Should’ve kept the cones to feed traffic coming from Agnes Way. It worked perfectly!

    • Anonymous says:

      Doesn’t work for cyclists though coming off the roundabout to suddenly be in between traffic

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