On Monday, June 26, the National Roads Authority (NRA) will officially open the new three-lane Camana Bay Town Centre Roundabout, a vehicular underpass and a pedestrian ramp on the new Esterley Tibbetts Highway (ETH). All three infrastructure projects are part of the Third Amendment to the NRA Agreement between Dart Real Estate and the Cayman Islands Government.
This latest project brings Dart Real Estate’s investment in infrastructure, which also includes the ETH extension to West Bay, to more than USD $100 million. Dart Real Estate President Jackie Doak says, “Infrastructure is more than an economic stimulant, it’s a growth strategy for the Cayman Islands as a place where people want to live, visit and invest. The road infrastructure in the Camana Bay area, the completion of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the near-completion of The Residences at Seafire and the planned five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach are a testament to Ken Dart’s confidence in the Cayman Islands’ economy and the capacity for the core industries of financial services and tourism to expand.”
The vehicular underpass is the first of its kind to be built in the Cayman Islands and marks a historic occasion for infrastructure on Grand Cayman. Dart imported special equipment to facilitate the construction of the underpass, which runs a total of 450-feet in length. Engineers installed an advanced lighting system to allow drivers’ eyes to adjust to the darkness of the passageway, along with an industrial strength ventilation system to maximise air flow through the vehicular underpass.
In conjunction with world-class engineering used to build the vehicular underpass, Dart implemented innovative design for users to enjoy the journey. Muted tones on the route’s interior echo those of Camana Bay’s Town Centre and the architectural design is a nod to the “Camana Bay blossom” logo, first introduced 10 years ago.
The new Camana Bay Town Centre Roundabout also marks a first in development as the only operating three-lane traffic circle in the Cayman Islands. Several towering shade trees, like the scarlet-red Royal Poinciana and the Kapok tree, now enhance the landscape of the roundabout. The roundabout is the Cayman Islands largest to date with four functioning exits, which will increase to six in the near future.
An interim pedestrian ramp, which introduces an elevated crossing from Seven Mile Beach to Camana Bay over the road, completes the trinity of roadworks set to open Monday. The pedestrian ramp is accessible by walkers, strollers and bicycles.
Dart Real Estate President Jackie Doak says, “Exceptional infrastructure is a critical first step in effective place-making. Through thoughtful masterplanning, we can increase both the efficiency of the roadways and the walkability of Camana Bay, enhancing the experiences of people using the space whether they are driving, walking or cycling. We are privileged to have built the country’s first three-lane roundabout and vehicular underpass in conjunction with the NRA. This world-class infrastructure will accommodate the Cayman Islands’ growth and Camana Bay’s increasing sea-to-sound connectivity.”
To prepare drivers to use the new three-lane roundabout, the NRA has created a video that demonstrates how to properly manoeuver a three-lane roundabout. The video emphasises drivers need to know ahead of time where to exit, choose their lane accordingly, and always signal when exiting.
To learn more about the new Camana Bay Town Centre Roundabout, vehicular underpass and pedestrian ramp, read these 10 fun facts.