NRA: Drivers putting lives of road crews at risk

| 02/10/2023 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The National Roads Authority is calling on the motoring public to be more careful when driving through construction zones on the roads. Officials have said that some motorists are putting the lives of crews, who are spending long hours doing repair and expansion work on the road, at risk.

“Our workers have had a few close calls while out on the roads,” said NRA Director Edward Howard. “There have been instances where motorists have knocked down cones or sped through work zones, almost hitting our crew. Our workers are putting their lives at risk to make Cayman’s roads safer for all. Let’s keep them safe, too.”

Reckless driving and speeding are prohibited in and around road work zones. Those caught doing so may be fined up to $200. By paying attention to road work signs and orange traffic cones, drivers can help ensure the safety of workers as well as other motorists.

Road construction and expansion is taking place island-wide with projects like the East-West Arterial, Linford Pierson Highway expansion and the Airport Connector Roads. Howard offered some words of advice to help motorists navigate through work zones.

He said drivers should slow down immediately when they see a ‘Road Works Ahead’ sign. “Half of the danger to our workers can be omitted with reduced speed. Pay attention to traffic control signs or personnel and always keep a safe distance between you, the workers and their equipment,” Howard added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Poor road design, dreadful road surfaces, poorly trained NRA staff, an inadequate testing centre that allows faulty cars on the road, crazy drivers, and lack of police traffic control = deaths – usually young, inexperienced drivers.

    • m western says:

      Not only do young experienced nationals we have driving on our road bring their same style of driving here they also need to do stats on where they are from and I’m sure you would find it one specific country

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not sure why they do projects piece by piece and in broad day light at busy times.

    Not sure why late-night shifts are not implemented for this type of road work. Roads are much less busy from 10:30PM until 5AM.

    Can also get more work done if everyone works instead of watching one man shovel marl….

    NRA – You have many ways to avoid busy traffic times. Just need a team who actually is willing to work hard and efficiently, instead of collecting government (citizen) money…

  3. Cheese Face says:

    The drivers here are putting everyone’s lives at risk, not just the NRA workers. What will be done about it? NOTHING!

  4. Anonymous says:

    How about finishing LHP lanes already? I drive it every day and have seen maybe 2 workers there in the past few months (and they were only seen maybe 2 or 3 days max!) Can we just get these roads completed already? What’s the hold up?

    • Anonymous says:

      Lol, they paved around a light pole this week, John John should probably find another route home.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Put a uniform police office on every job site. This is done in many US towns and it serves two purposes. It protects the work crews and disperses police to random locations in the community that change every day thereby increasing the police presence. It’s a simple and effective approach that cayman should adopt

    • m western says:

      traffic police need to be tripled and a few more dancing police put on the road to direct busy sections

  6. ANON says:

    You know what would be great? If they didn’t leave a construction project half done for nearly a year – I’m looking at you – junction of North Church Street and Wahoo Close.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is laughable. The NRA close and come off lanes with no notice and no warning signs in such an amateur manner. The NRA are the dangerous ones.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If the traffic police would do their job people would actually drive properly and you wouldn’t have to issue these statements, NRA. So I think you should go in issue a statement to the brand new commissioner of the police.

  9. Anonymous says:

    NRA truck drive well over the speed limit and aggressively. They should not be preaching to us if they cant manage their own drivers

  10. Anonymous says:

    Had to have been a Voxy or Noah

  11. Anonymous says:

    NRA are a complete shambles can’t design roads without having to go back and fix them or put up bollards. If they built them properly in the first place their crews would not have to go out and fix them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Somebody making bank from all those stupid plastic bollards in the middle of the roundabouts.

  12. Anonymous says:

    For that matter, it could be argued that NRA have been putting drivers’ lives in danger for decades with poorly designed roads, roundabouts and curbs….

    …curb designs which unnecessarily impede traffic space, for what? Aesthetics? Case in point, entering Butterfield roundabout from North Sound Road. The pregnant curb on the right is for what purpose?

    …roundabouts and some curves with the wrong camber;

    ..elevated lanes without guardrails. Installed a guardrail approaching Cost u Less going north, AFTER at least 1 fatality there. But not on the elevated (relative to the southbound lane) portions of the ETH approaching the Strand and again (especially) approaching the Governor’s Harbour / Indigo roundabout. Waiting for a horrible accident when some car goes flying off into the southbound lane;

    …approaching the same roundabout coming southwards is a weird camber-shift at the last moment;

    …farther north at the Yacht Club roundabout as you approach that from the West Bay Road, the left lane of the road leads directly to the right lane of the roundabout.. Why?

    …horribly deceptive junction on Willie Farrington Drive coming from the ETH. Very dangerous at night as it’s also poorly lit….

    ….WB Four Way crossing is waiting for a series accident likely involving people unfamiliar with that area. Some caution stripes or mild caution strips on the road surface can help;

    …replace every STOP sign with the LED versions that I’ve seen in only 2 locations..

    ..Needless to mention the much maligned Grand Harbour dodge-em roundabout!

    Just my 10 cents from my limited observations.

    Oh,and I’ve shared these very points with NRA brass and other Govt reps in the past. Hmmmm?

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL. I’ve driven well over half a million miles through dozens of countries and can tell you Cayman has pretty much the best roads on the planet… statistically and subjectively the worst drivers but that’s another story.

    • anonymous says:

      Add in North Church Street. Thousands of locals and cruise ship passengers walk along the road as there are virtually no sidewalks. Only Chris Johnson and his family have erected sidewalks over the past several years. Rob Johnson the architect designed a sidewalk from the port to just past the old Fish shack and got planning permission for it. Unfortunately neither the Government nor the land owners were willing to pay for it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Add in the roundabout on Pointdexter Road near the Prospect Primary School. The lines on that roundabout are completely incorrect. Whoever put those lines in doesn’t know how a roundabout works! Shameful!

    • Anonymous says:

      haha 40mph roads don’t need guard rails. The problem isn’t bad roads, it’s bad drivers with worthless driving licenses.

      • Anonymous says:

        Problem is that the guard rail supplier has to get paid.

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous 04 @ 7:02 am – Yes, EVERY driver in a 40mph zone sticks to the speed limit EVERY time! Not!

        Curious, would your views change if, say, a vehicle coming in the elevated northbound lane were to leave its lane, cross the median into the southbound lane and land on top of your car, or that of someone you cared for? Because there’s no guardrail?

        Yes, there are numerous poor drivers on our roads, that all the more reason why safety measures should be employed BEFORE tragedies!!

  13. Elvis says:

    Its too crazy on the roads for-sure. Roadworks happen but pleeeeease put up warnings hundreds of meters before any roadworks not 20 feet?
    Please light up the areas if early morning or dusk. Please stop putting crossings at road junctions, what the hell is that. If you look at the highway code they have to be placed so many meters from a junction. Two right in town. Total lunacy

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      Agreed. I’ve seen the least amount of notice possible for incredibly dangerous roadworks that cause drivers to literally almost have accidents because there was such limited signs and cones to alert drivers of lane closures etc. I’ve stopped numerous times to tell the workers involved that they need to put alerts up further down for safety and to alert drivers earlier.

      Lack of knowledge, standards and care factor really – any person with common sense would know this – but in Cayman common sense is NOT common!

  14. Anonymous says:

    It would help if the resident idiots in NRA knew how to actually manage and implement roadworks to a standard that isn’t just “HERES A FUCKKIGN CONE IN YOUR WAY RIGHT NOW SWERVE ACROSS 3 LLANES”

    GG thanks bby

  15. Anonymous says:

    Makes a change from the NRA endangering cyclists and motorists.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I fully understand the woeful standards of driving here, but please, please, please train your staff on how to place traffic cones!

    I cannot count the number of times I’ve seen a lane closed in a 40 zone with literally about 3 cones placed less than 50 metres from the closure. It’s actively dangerous! Are these people aware of the distance a vehicle travels in one or two seconds at the speed limit? This isn’t taking into account the idiots driving 20%+ over the limit.

    I know it’s not the UK, but if you see a lane closure there, there’s a minimum of a couple hundred metres of warnings.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why can the landscaping crews close off a whole lane with 200 cones, even though they are working 50 from the side of the road, but the road crews can only muster 3 cones 20 feet from the lane they are working in???

    • Anonymous says:

      NRA crews have a serious responsibility in directing and controlling traffic flow.
      Don’t just “wave” , give a clear instruction to STOP or GO.!

  17. Anonymous says:

    The crews need more training on how to set up traffic cones and triangles for high visibility and good distance before the work area. Some workers are down in ditches around corners with very few visible cones or signs.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The traffic dept knows where the problem areas are and it’s sad to see that simple yet meaningful actions aren’t being taken.
    The number of accidents in Bodden Town on Friday alone was disturbing, and they were all in the known problem areas.
    Without enforcement the standard of driving will continue to deteriorate and I’m hopeful that it doesn’t need a pedestrian/road worker to be fatally injured for there to be action.
    Write tickets for EVERYTHING! (not indicating, undertaking, distracted driving, driving in the wrong lane, causing other drivers to brake when entering the flow of traffic, road obstruction, speeding, tailgating)

  19. Anonymous says:

    How about finishing one job before embarking on 3 more? That would make things safer, wouldn’t it now?


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