Minister apologises as traffic jams worsen

| 03/10/2019 | 191 Comments
Cayman News Service
Traffic on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway

(CNS): Frustrations were running high Thursday morning among drivers commuting into George Town from the Eastern Districts as the traffic was more jammed than ever. Several readers contacted CNS to raise concerns after experiencing worsening congestion on the roads coming into town, with traffic said to be backed up into Savannah before 6:30am. Social media was littered with posts about the jams, and the ministry issued an apology.

Although no official explanation has been given for the further increase in congestion Thursday, a number of CNS readers pointed to the possibility of it being due to police diverting traffic at the Red Bay Roundabout. However, the RCIPS said that was not the cause. We have also contacted government about the worsening problem and what is causing it.

In his short statement acknowledging the issue, Planning Minster Joey Hew gave no indication why things were worse than ever but appealed for drivers’ patience.

The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure is aware of the extreme traffic delays experienced by motorists coming out of the Eastern Districts this morning, particularly from the Prospect community,” Hew stated.

“We apologise to members of the motoring public for the inconvenience. We ask for continued patience as the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, National Roads Authority and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service work together to roll out interim solutions as we seek to find the right balance to our traffic flow.”

The minister added that they will keep the public updated on the short and long term plans to ease this mounting congestion.

Plans for a new diversion announced earlier this week were pulled before they were implemented and police have been using the RCIPS chopper to assess the morning flow, but it is not clear if the diversion will be going into effect anytime soon.

Meanwhile, over on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, commuters from the west, who usually enjoy a much better time of it, were also bumper to bumper Thursday afternoon. This was a result of the extensive and ongoing roadworks at the Island Heritage Roundabout.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    The traffic problem is a disgrace and those at NRA from the Board straight down needs to sacked! Every school break the traffic has been getting worst to the point that it is now going and coming both ways. Family life are being destroyed, businesses are loosing money and stress is at an all time high! Who the heck came up with the idea of round abouts, the south sound light and the millions of dollars spent putting down and picking up and then laying down new materials on existing round abouts? Seems either they don’t have a clue what they are doing at the NRA or there’s other motives like job security for life? Government, Opposition, where are you guys? You bunch should be out there directing traffic each morning until a solution is found including the NRA Board!!

  2. Zulu says:

    So government just came back from Monaco …. all expenses paid of course!
    But while there none of them took a look at the public transport ?
    None of them took a look at Monaco’s” Cruise Dock “.
    None of them said to them selves wow high end clientele does not arrive with mass tourism.
    More then disappoint in all of those that went .

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cayman can not be fixed. It all goes downhill from here. The problems have gotten so far ahead of the ability of CIG to fix them. Its only a matter of time before something big starts to fail and takes a bunch of businesses, infrastructure, and people out. One good storm and this place will be trying to get back for years. Imagine Cayman with no electricity, no functional government, no functiona police dept, and all the expat workers gone. It will not fix itself. Whatever it is is coming. Have your exit strategy updated.

    • Anonymous says:

      YES! “The problems have gotten so far ahead of the ability of CIG to fix them.”
      What is the UK role in situations like that?

      • Anonymous says:

        11:40 UK worst situation!

      • Anonymous says:

        Direct control from London and help us get back on track with very serious problems such as The Dump, transportation infrastructure and garbage pick up. We have clearly demonstrated that we are well over our heads in dealing with these problems. We need help from Mother. PLEASE MOTHER HELP.

    • Anonymous says:

      Never truer words spoken. Have your exit strategy ready. Just a matter of time.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:46 where were you when Ivan came!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Residents of the eastern districts complain that the traffic is bad going to work in GT/7MB. In other news residents of the eastern districts oppose development in the eastern districts.

    • Anonymous says:

      the hypocrisy of these strange folks is never ending.
      some ppl say they deserve what they get……

  5. Anonymous says:

    Autonomous, green public transport, hailable by app, with dedicated lane. Will cost money, which CIG has. Will generate revenue, which CIG will need. Will lead to dramatic reduction in private vehicles, which electorate will welcome.

    Instead, CIG focuses on cruise port that no-one wants, that will destroy environment, that will make the entire quality of life in Cayman worse.

    Cayman politicians are idiots. Go figure.

  6. Anonymous says:

    In the real world, a Minister who has epically failed so many times, would have been forced to resign or fired.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – water taxis like Venice. Also that dancing idiot cop from town is now in charge of the car wash roundabout now, which might explain the issues…

    • Anonymous says:

      The police officer you mention is one of the hardest working and most respected professionals in Cayman.

      You pal, can frankly do one.

      • Anonymous says:

        I assume this response is an attempt at comedy? Hardest working – standing in a road dancing? Professional – standing in a road dancing? Really???

        • Anonymous says:

          The cruise ship tourists love the guy. Part of our island tourist package for low end tourists who buy our t-shirts.

    • Anonymous says:

      Eeeeeh … what happens when you have 10 foot waves? 😐

  8. Anonymous says:

    Joey needs to keep apologizing: the DVDL website hasn’t been updated in 2019. The last license plate “ready for collection” list #3, is dated July 20, 2018. Aren’t there full-time employees in IT and web design within CIG? What do they do all day?!? How many years will it take to print <60k plates?

    • Anonymous says:

      Does the much heralded “customs code system “ ring a bell? What about the gold plated fingerprint system? CCTV that will stop crime in its tracks? Stay tuned, Joey got this, just like he got the damn dump!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I live in town and will probably be there for the rest of my life. I can’t imagine how tired and exhausted adults and children are that live in the eastern districts. Kids getting dropped off at 6:45 to school, adults getting to work at 7:00/7:30, but still can’t leave until 5:00pm, for the sake of making sure they are on time in the mornings.
    Flex time is not for lazy people. Employers get with the time and let your staff work unconventional hours. A person will be more productive at work if they are rested and not getting home at 7:00pm and leaving at 5:45am.

    • Anonymous says:

      great comment!….just another day in paradise?

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for pointing this out,I’m so shocked to see school buses at 6am on hirst rd lined up by 6:30 am to begin picking kids up at 7am by 7:30 the buses are headed to their respective schools, I know most of these lil ones haven’t had time to sit and have a proper breakfast , morning devotion , or get a chance to talk with their parents regarding random things they made need to because its RUSH RUSH RUSH they have to be at their bus stop and parents need to get out on the road to head to work NONE OF THE MLA HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS TRAFFIC MESS they have time to dilly dally .

      Get una butts in gear .

      This election we wiping the slate CLEAN all of you are out.

      Anyone of age to vote in the general election PLEASE GO REGISTER AND BE READY TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry to say 5:50, the political alternative is no better. McKeeva?

      • Anonymous says:

        Who you going to elect ? Seems like a thankless job, all they get is cussed out. Not sure you will get many good candidates if your attitude is typical of the majority of voters

        • Anonymous says:

          So many talented people who have lived on island for more than 10 years, own property, and made major contributions to Cayman society but they cannot vote and cannot run for political office. Believe that direct rule from London is needed, because the ability does not exist to solve significant problems with the current group of old boys and girls on both sides of the political aisle who are in political power.

      • Anonymous says:

        This is likely a very significant contributing factor to the issue. School buses on the road earlier, causing traffic to stack up earlier, causing people to leave home earlier, causing more congestion. Feedback loop.

        Way to break this? Change school start time to 930.

        • Rick says:

          Parents will then have to stay at home later, getting to work later, and so on. So, work cannot start same time and school buses leave later. Not practical for parents.

        • Anonymous says:

          6:56 which schools are the cause of traffic bumper to bumper up to 8 pm.

  10. George Townor says:

    I see cars on Crewe Road back up bumper to bumper at 7:40 p.m. … whats going on ????

  11. david a. martins says:

    sounds like you need a plan to reduce the population of Grand Cayman rather than, as planned, to increase it further.

  12. Anonymous says:

    so what’s going tio happen when all those new condo complexes go up between Shamrock Rd and GT? I can count 8 so far. Why has a huge piece of land been cleared behind the trees opposite the Esso garage (just after the Tomlinson roundabout). What is going up there????

  13. Anonymous says:

    Reliable public transportation, the Bermuda way, could be the only solution for our traffic woes.

    The solution for avoid accidents on and around roundabouts would be to remove the roundabouts and replace them with traffic lights. Cayman follows America in so many ways, why not for this. How many roundabouts does USA have? How many roundabouts does Bermuda (which is also a British Verseas Territory) have? It could cost extra money to the government and a bit of extra time to the commuters, but at least they will reach their destination safely, rather than juggling their way around roundabouts in competition with several other drivers who do not know how to use the roundabouts properly.p,more who are in just plain rush to get somewhere.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Actually roundabouts have increased in the US over the past ten years as they begin to understand the benefits and how they work.

      • Anonymous says:

        They are only beneficial when drivers know how to use them.
        Drivers in Cayman do NOT know how to use them. They actually stop when it is their right of way. They even stop when no one is coming from any direction..

        Roundabouts are NOT stop signs people!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Roundabouts work. The solution in Cayman is proper driver training and testing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Round-a-bouts are working and they are getting better, especially since the new markings have been put in. The traffic snarl on Friday was directly due to attempting to manage the round-a-bout and ignoring other causes of traffic mayhem.

  14. Tom says:

    There is nothing that government can do with traffic problems. It is YOU, people who are little selfish for using cars as one person. Get a scooter or use bus more or sharing rides. We need to disbanded mafia busses and arrange new department to allow more reliable bus service with real live app to see when next bus arrive and cover more in cayman islands not staying on main roads. Start go to work as flexiable hours. My wife already start and she beat traffic jam easily.

    • Anonymous says:

      Get lost, you smarty pants.

      Get a scooter- get killed fast. Get on a bike- get killed even sooner. Real apps in a country with cave mentality won’t get you anywhere. New departments- don’t you already have too many? Flexible hours-you can’t mandate that, in fact nobody should. Businesses run on the most efficient schedule they find appropriate.
      Getting around should be a no brainer for everyone including 80 years people. And this is called A BUS SCHEDULE!

      Kudos to your wife. She is a magician.

    • Anonymous says:

      Everyone needs to use their indicators! Especially at/on round-a-bouts.

      Stretch between Kings to Hurley’s needs an extra lane for evening traffic- reclaim some land!

      Why has Bobby Thompson Way not been made into 2lanes up/down?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Build a highway for those who are going direct into town or leaving town – where you enter or exit on it somewhere in Bodden Town and enter or exit somewhere in George Town.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Question – If the roundabouts are causing the bottlenecks and backups could traffic lights be added for rush hour for cars entering major roundabouts? I have seen this in the US. This should allow traffic to flow through quicker. Obviously it would on green lights, and yes, traffic would be fully stopped on red lights but it would prevent every car from having to stop, hesitate and the go. It would also allow the authorities to control the volume/flow of traffic from a given direction.

    • Anonymous says:

      The lights are a bottle neck too since people enter on green even when they can’t exit the other side of the intersection, and get stuck in the middle when the lights change. That is illegal in most other countries (and maybe here- who would know) because it means the traffic going the other way can’t get through and starts to back up. That is what “grid lock” means. There’s no way to teach the drivers here not to do that- they can’t even indicate or maintain their lane.

      • Anonymous says:

        When this happens I always cut them off and leave them in the middle of the road. If the driver, who is now running a red light, has something to say tell them to file their complaint with the RCIP 🙂

      • david a. martins says:

        Sounds like you need to make moves to reduce the population of Cayman instead of, as planned, increasing it further. DAVE MARTINS

  17. Anonymous says:

    Reduce the duties and licensing fees for scooters / motorcycles. No car space taken yet same independence to travel when/where you want without sweating.

  18. JTB says:

    Make public transport a genuine, viable option.

    Make private cars more expensive.

    Simple.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go check which “experts” Joey appointed to the Public Transport Board.

    • Anonymous says:

      More expensive, you cant be serious?!?

      • JTB says:

        Yep. There are too many cars on the roads. We need to discourage car use, and provide a viable public transport alternative. Carrot and stick. Obviously it won’t happen, because too many people (and politicians) will adopt the same selfish view as you. Remember this as you sit in permanent gridlock.

        • No cars for x says:

          Expats should not be allowed to own a car like Bermuda.

          • Anonymous says:

            Cayman entitlement. Bring it on. We are the greatest and most brilliant.

          • Anonymous says:

            Lived in Bermuda and never heard that an expat can’t own a car. Basically cars are registered in the name of the property you live in and only one car is allowed per residence. There was no limits on the number of mopeds/scooters/motorcycles allowed. For instance a family of 4 adults living together would be allowed only 1 car but as many motorbikes as they want. This should be instituted on this island long ago

  19. Anonymous says:

    As someone who lives next to the Hurley’s roundabout let me narrate what has happened there in the evening recently:

    – There was an unpleasant but bearable amount of traffic on Crewe Road, LPH and SSR
    – The light was introduced on SSR, backing it up all the way to Walkers Road
    – Many cars from SSR switched to LPH because that was faster in the period immediately after the light was activated before everyone caught on
    – The LPH and Crewe Road and approach roads to those then became bumper to bumper as people got into new habits
    – Some cars started going back to SSR to see if that was any better
    – The light, along with the blocking of the left lane that SSR traffic used in the Hurley’s roundabout, slowed SSR traffic considerably so that it now takes twice as much time to go the same distance (cars back up to the same spots they did before but move forward at half the speed)
    – LPH and Crewe Road are worse than they were before when SSR traffic was not restricted to one lane of the roundabout every other 12 seconds and took more of the traffic (it’s a very long road that can handle a lot of cars as long as they can keep moving)
    – You can now try whatever combination of roads you want but you are guaranteed to spend at least half an hour getting from the centre of town to the Hurley’s roundabout, that’s if you leave by 4.50pm, more if you leave on time and much more if you delay at all leaving work, and this lasts until almost 8pm
    – I drove from the roundabout to Camana Bay Wednesday evening and passed bumper to bumper traffic from the roundabout along LPH up Agnes Way along Crewe Road going towards the airport, through the CNB roundabout, all the way up North Sound Road and onto the start of the ETH. Gridlock across that whole area.

    All this and we only have 1,400 more people here than we did last year. They didn’t all arrive a month ago. It would seem the government screwed it up trying to make it better, and should start over.

    • Anonymous says:

      Live in Savannah , new traffic doctrine for all : 1. Don’t drive west to town until 9:15 am weekdays . 2. Be up West Bay road and back by mid-afternoon.
      3. Have grocery shopping done ( Kirks/Hurleys) and be outa town by 3:30 pm. 4: be waaay past Hurleys heading East by 3:45pm – Latest.

    • Anonymous says:

      Experienced this last night !

    • No people says:

      Nonsense there are aroind 77000 resident now living on Grand. CNS do an FOI request and pbliah the results please. The infro release was 2018 not 2019

      CNS: Anyone can do an FOI request and they can do so anonymously via email.

    • Anonymous says:

      100% agree. It was bad before the light at SSR, but now it is ten times worse. it is insane. Takes me an hour and 45 minutes to get from GT to lower valley, leaving at 5:00. It was slow before, but about half the time of this new foolishness.

      Why on God’s green earth did anyone think reducing the number of lanes at the Hurley’s round about was a good idea?!?! That is just so stupid that I do not even have words to convey the stupidity.

  20. Anon says:

    Obviously the problem is down to Government flooding the roads with it’s fleet of new garbage trucks.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Flying cars for everyone!

  22. Anonymous says:

    The rocket-scientist at the NRA who decided that the busiest part of the day was a good time so shut down a whole access to a roundabout should be looking for a new job. The middle of the night should have been the time for this job.

    • Anonymous says:

      it was confirmation that children run the country.

    • Ungrateful says:

      In order for the crews to work one night, they would have to be given the day off and the following day off after working overnight. Are you saying that is what should have been done so that you would not have been inconvenienced yesterday evening?
      Maybe they should have just left it in the unsafe way it had been done. Too d____ ungrateful.

      • Ron the Observer says:

        Ungratefulness is not the issue here..you seem a bit out of touch… It is common that major road works as such happen outside major traffic times, such as weekends or at night. Sure give them the next day off, that’s what they’re owed, The time was spent so no time lost. Let’s not even mention how many months it takes them to complete a roundabout, most of the time workers are just chilling and heavy equipment is not in use; and then the time they use it is high traffic time…. It’s ridiculous but certainly isn’t a complicated issue. Motorist have right to be upset with the lack of strategic thinking with some NRA roadworks

      • Anonymous says:

        Shut it, “ungrateful” 9:29 am!! In the real world, road works are completed in the middle of the night, when motorists are few on the roads- not at 11 am when they’re running errands and going to lunch, not at 8 am when they’re trying to get kids to school and get to work! It’s not uncommon to work opposite hours of the general public! Island Heritage roundabout was closed to one lane for repairs JULY 1st! What’s the date today? Oct 4th and it’s just now finally open but without the lines painted and still some random stuff to complete. With 15 people on the job, I’ve never seen more than 3 working at one time- and never even started working at 7:30, 8 am and never working past 5 pm. It’s a JOKE! They should be contracted to start the job during off peak hours, get a few spot lights and do it at night. Safer for them, more convenient for the motorist!

      • Anonymous says:

        They asleep on their shovels most of the day anyway

      • Anonymous says:

        It is unbelievable that there are still people who think like you. I thought the people who scheduled the work did so in 1960 and it was just getting done, hence the dumbness of it all. The real problem is highlighted by your comment, coincidentally. Government hired a bunch of people to fix roads, which means they are competing with the private sector and cannot affort to focus on fixing roads but on satisfying worker’s demands. If this was a private contract, the government would simply have to require the times that it needed the work done and the private contractor would have to deliver on time and according to specs.

    • Anonymous says:

      What about the Minister of Infrastructure who allowed him to do it?

  23. Anonymous says:

    CNS can you please try to get an answer from NRA as to why they’ve torn-up the new surface which was being paved on the roundabout behind the Ritz Carlton? This will make the fourth time since its construction that this roundabout has been “rebuilt”. It’s been under re-construction for the past two months and just as they seemed to be getting near completion, they dig it up again!

    They continue to waste public funds trying to get the design correct and still falling short! Why does no one care?!

    • Anonymous says:

      ask arden mclean….just do an audit of that road project.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Action Man” Arden McLean is a buffoon and there are plenty of things wrong with how he got the roads built, but… he got them built, even if they have to be fixed quite often. Had he not, those roads would still only be gazetted lines on a map and the cost to build them would be even higher.

    • Anonymous says:

      Who is the supervisor for road works at the NRA, and how are they still employed?

  24. Anonymous says:

    If the roads were safer I’d cycle and walk more!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Get rid of the idiots advising you Joey

  26. Anonymous says:

    I just witnessed a couple cars go into oncoming traffic to miss the cones in front of red Bay primary just to cut around all of the traffic merging onto the roundabout so that they could go onto the other lane and beat all the traffic. Why is a cop not sitting right there?

  27. Anonymous says:

    The truth of the matter is, this Government doesn’t give a rats rump about the people. Well, only those that live within the boundaries of a certain area. Having to call an “emergency meeting” to discuss this issue is very telling. Very telling for those who have the ability to see through the bs.

    This is the same government that can bring a change to the TELEP system, so people wouldn’t have to leave the island. But yet they can o ky drag their feet in making it impossible for the importation of these Asian vehicles; which are clogging up the roads.

    Where is the bypass, that THIS government promised to have done up to Frank Sound. That’s was years ago?????!!!

    Democracy is a funny thing. If the electorate is ill informed, uneducated and, easily swayed…..they get exactly what they deserve.

    2021 will soon be here, and soon every word out of the government members mouths will be “Caymanian this” and “Caymanian that”. Don’t be fooled!!!!!! Use your brains for Christ sake!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry, but the new bunch would be no better. You simply have no human capital. Changing the order of addends does not change the sum.
      Time for the UK to step in. The country has clearly demonstrated it can’t handle infrastructure upgrade.

      • Anonymous says:

        I reluctantly must agree with 8:16. Mother in London, please step in as we are children way over our heads and drowning.

        • Anonymous says:

          Another referendum for this

          • Anonymous says:

            Referendi!

            • Jotnar says:

              Referenda, if you are a Latin purist, or referendums, if an English grammar Nazi. It simply cannot be referendi – no basis for that in either language.

              CNS: You are right to say that there is no such word as ‘referendi’ but no Latin purist would agree with you that the plural is ‘referenda’. However, this form has been erroneously used so consistently, it now seems to be acceptable by some people, obviously not by the English grammar Nazis, who quite rightly point out that ‘referendum’ is not, as many assume, a Latin second declension neuter noun, which would make the plural -a, but the gerund of the Latin verb ‘refero’. In Latin, therefore, it would have no plural. Since it is a Latin verb that has been co-opted into the English language as a noun, the correct plural for both Latin purists and English grammar Nazis is ‘referendums’.

      • Anonymous says:

        Praying to god

        • Anonymous says:

          Pray the UK steps in. About time. Waste management, transportation and education need serious intervention. ASAP.

    • Anonymous says:

      They don’t care- they’re in Monaco and Africa partying. Even when they’re here it’s not like they have to go to work in the mornings. And anywhere they do go they get chauffeured.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh boy I hope more people also realise this too ELECTION 2021

  28. Anonymous says:

    When is Joey goi go to apologize to the voters of George Town North for the damn dump?!

  29. Lion Center says:

    7:30 near 8 o’clock … that’s the time traffic leaving town, at night starts to clear up.

  30. Anonymous says:

    #JOEYWHO is a clown

  31. Anonymous says:

    when i was in phillipines..during rush hour they have all lanes in one direction except one….why cant we try that here? i live prospect and if i dont leave house by 6:15 am…forget it..over an hour to get to town😢

    • Anonymous says:

      I used to live in Oklahoma City where they did this same thing. I’m sure it is done in more educated cities where they think ahead and deal with issues head on.
      Was brilliant.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed. In mornings make South Sound both lanes one way into town, also walker’s road from South Sound to ‘the middle school’. Anyone in that area wanting to go east would have to go through the ‘field of dreams’ area to get to the Linford Pierson Highway, so disruptive to them., but against normal flow of traffic so should be doable, while justified for major freeing up of traffic coming from the east.

      5pm I’m not sure what lane(s) you could practically reverse, but it might be possible to do one lane on the Linford Pierson with a lot of traffic cones – but even then the Hurley’s roundabout is the bottleneck.

      Shame Government let the Grand Harbour developer take out the road corridor Hurley’s (between Hurley’s and the canals). Preserving the corridor through what was then the Hyatt is what has ‘saved’ West Bay traffic by allowing the additional lanes to be built running in/out of a different part of GT. (I admit I didn’t think the bypass would make as much difference to WB traffic as it did over the stages of its construction.)

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you insane? Half our drivers can’t figure out how to use a roundabout!

        • Anonymous says:

          Omg, reversing traffic lanes is an accident waiting to happen. It is just not feasible. People will die. Drivers here are largely uneducated and cannot even handle using an indicator let alone conjugating a verb.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, they can try this. There only needs to be one lane going from GT to the Spotts area during rush hours in the morning, that way there are 3 available lanes from Spotts to GT. So close a lane on the opposite side of the road during those times.
      The same for the rush hour traffic in the evening.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Apologizing for the traffic problem, instead of traveling to Monoco and other places abroad, perhaps (Gov) should sort out there own problems in their own country. Election time is coming and you can expect some serious changes.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Here we go again. Hundreds of suggestions. Nearly all of them useless. Because you need someone WHO UNDERSTANDS the fundamental law of road congestions. Someone who sees the BIGGER picture and has expertise and proven experience in how to solve it. None of you, including your government has no idea what will really work.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t know about that, I sat and watched someone tile my shower, the same tile, eight different times because they couldn’t cut it properly. By the time it was over I had learned how to tile. What I’m trying to say is we’re driving on the roads every day, I think we can kind of see where the issues are and maybe we can help advise someone who might know a little bit more than us on the direction they should take. Cheers.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think we should all meet and protest and block essential services until something is actually done..not just related to traffic..but..anything..at all..Otherwise we can meet on our own, create our own solutions and find our own investors and give dividends to our investors after we give the bill to nra.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am not a civil engineer. But I do have several advanced degrees. And here is what I do know…restricting the road surfaces will cause a slower flow of traffic. Creating a “bottle neck” will not aid traffic flow. So why the F would you remove a lane at the Hurley’s round about. Please advise me, Mr. I am so much smarter than everyone else.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Yet at 540pm yesterday, two PoPos, one behind the other, put their lights on and drove all the way down the turn lane on North Sound Road to bypass traffic before forcing their way back in at the light.

    • Anonymous says:

      They need to stay off the junctions in town in the morning. Pulling people over in bumper to bumper traffic writing tickets like they making commission. People trying to get to work on time to provide for their families!! We are the ones who actually have work and contribute to the community!! Just stay out of the way. We need less disturbances on our way to work. Stop clogging up the traffic flow. So ridiculous. Whomever is instructing them to do that is even worse. Come on man!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        I think I prefer cops to be on the roads enforcing traffic laws and not staying away so that jack asses can drive like maniacs.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes me too ^_^ but it needs to be limited during the rush hours. Their reason for being out there are not to stop people from driving like maniacs. If that’s the case they are in the wrong areas. They need to be on the roads where people have the space and opportunities to drive like maniacs. Cars are bumper to bumper there’s nowhere to go to drive like a maniac.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Hah,hah,hah! It would only get worse. Along with the Dump growing taller. And the trash not being collected regularly. But it was coming. So you deserve it. Might as well learn to enjoy it.

    The island of the most inept people in the world. If you want a change, the CHANGE, hand over the reins to the UK. You simply have no human capital.

    (On December 2, 2016 that thousands of residents of Bermuda protested and blocked elected Members of Parliament from entering the House of Assembly.)

  36. Elvis says:

    Tried to go Hurley’s last night, absolute nightmare and had to turn around and go back eastwards around 440pm
    Nightmare, leave it alone ifs obvious you have no clue what your doing with this mess you created,

    • Anonymous says:

      Aren’t you tired stating the obvious? Bring all traffic to a standstill and DEMAND actions. It would start NOT with widening roads though, but with officials being replaced with people who have EXPERTISE and PROVEN EXPERIENCE and understand fundamental law of road congestion.
      Since you CAN’T, UNABLE, to do it yourself, hire the best minds in the world who have PROVEN expertise and experience. Be they from Moscow, Dubail, Canada or from the moon. You are not the only country who experienced road congestion crisis. But you are probably THE ONLY country that continues to put bandaids to solve it.

  37. Anonymous says:

    You fixed(means you put a new untrained, inexperienced Caymanian brother to take over for the last one) the dump and now its worse. Ditto for the Mosquito center. Now that is so much worst. At least where the MLA’s don’t live. Please don’t try and fix the traffic.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Did they finally realize that they have no idea as to how to do this or are they just taking a break from thinking too hard. They would have to be twice as smart as they are right now just understand that they don’t have any training or experience at this and they should get some professional help. Then they would have to be three times smarter then they are to take the advice.Thank you for being sorry that you are so incompetent. We really did not expect anything more. Time for the people with all the money to make Cayman functional to start thinking about what Cayman will be like in five years and make some smart plans.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I notice no one has mentioned how bumper to bumper traffic has been starting in the 50 mph zone nearby meagre bay pond for weeks. There are many many more people heading to town from East End and North Side.

    When is the population census? Aren’t we due for one in 2020? Shouldn’t the statistics offic be working on this already?

    Police should also focus on preventing people from using Anton Bodden Drive as a cut through because it backs up traffic as they exit by BT Primary School.

    This much traffic is really stressful on those of us who have to traverse this daily. I remember when I could leave home at 7:50 and get to work before 8:30. Now I’m leaving home by 5:30 at the latest and STILL encountering traffic. Not to mention the bumper to bumper traffic heading home at night. I work a 7.5 hour day but am having a 12 hour day before getting home due to these circumstances.

    Something has got to give.

    • Anonymous says:

      The population is around 75,000 without counting tourists. It was obvious what was going to happen as the Jamaican and Caymanian population got economically exiled to the east of Harley’s. That no one planned is astounding.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ditto, and I work 8-5. For those of us who suffer this on a daily basis this has been an emergency for years now and nobody that matters cares or is capable of fixing it even if they did. That’s why it’s got so bad and only getting worse now.

      Seemingly it’s OK to spend millions in public money ruining our coral reefs to accommodate more bargain-basement cruise ship tourists, but not OK to cut a new dual carriageway from LPH and through the wetlands round the back of Hurleys and beyond to accommodate the people who live and work here. Instead they try shut the stable door long after the horse bolted and come up with lame-ass solutions that only make it worse.

      Fed up of them ignoring us. Speaks volumes about their priorities.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I suggest we continue to grow the population…

  41. Anonymous says:

    motorists complaining about traffic……zzzzzzzzzz/hahahha

  42. Anonymous says:

    cayman gets what it deserves…. the most qualified, most educated in our population are not allowed to be elected for office.
    just another day/year/decade in wonderland.

    • Anonymous says:

      The most educated and qualified? Clearly you’ve never lived in any of the countries (UK, Canada, USA, Philippines, Jamaica, etc.) they come from. If anyone had the solution to things like traffic the world would be replicating it. But they don’t. So stuff your anti-Caymanian bias.

  43. Anonymous says:

    who voted for joey? and who will vote for him next time?
    this is the guy who said more roads are not the answer…but his only solution is to build more roads….zzzzzzzzz. sack him now!

  44. Anonymous says:

    These government officials don’t have a clue what they are doing. The morning traffic issues have been getting worse for many years and the issues that we are faced with today should not have come as a surprise to anyone.

    I remember a long time ago reviewing a master road plan/strategy. That plan/strategy was clearly not taken very seriously as nothing has been done to implement the major parts of the plan/strategy.

    It is time for the government to stop apologizing and to start doing what they were elected to do.

  45. Anonymous says:

    if you think fat cat politicians are seriously concerned about traffic issues……you need your head examined.

  46. Anonymous says:

    biggest issue for next election will be traffic..it is destroying the quality of life for so many people.
    what have the do-nothing ppm done….yep nothing…probably made it worse.
    btw what are the solutions from the ‘opposition’…….yep total silence.
    we need expert international advice asap.

  47. Anonymous says:

    the cig idiots have no clue…..bad news for the eastern folks….cig has not got the guts to take serious action on the issue,,,,,,,it will only get worse.

  48. W2e says:

    Here is an idea- and it is pretty simple. Have. Less. Cars. We live on a small island that could be easily serviced by a good public transport system. I work in a school and I have a bunch of teenagers who could figure this out for free- seriously. This nothing more than an exam project!
    Prevention is better than Cure! Stop allowing cars on to the island, and start dealing with the problem at the source.
    Building more roads just allows more cars, think globally and more conscientious about the climate and its impact. Who will be point to when the sea levels rise and our homes are no longer able to be insured? Let us at least be able to say we did our bit for the environment….

  49. Anonymous says:

    Fraud. Where are the bike lanes (we paid for) that were part of 2015-2020 NRA Strategic Plan?!?

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t fret, they will all be in place by 2020

    • Anonymous says:

      Surely some enterprising MLA could have a friend open up a bike shop then grant duty waivers to import the bikes. Then we might see funds committed to cycle lanes.

      • Anonymous says:

        I came here with 6 bikes. After several close calls(the last one car almost took me out as it swerved off the road into the bushes straight road no one else around) I quit riding bikes anywhere close to a road. The level of foolish driving is incredible.

  50. Anonymous says:

    If you’re coming from east you have NO REASON to cut down past mcruss to try and get priority into the roundabout. You only cause everyone in prospect to be unable to exit their roads.

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