Traffic snarls possible in face of GT water-works

| 12/01/2012

_DEW0780-web.jpg(CNS): Hospital Road in George Town will be reduced to one-lane next week when the Water Authority starts work to replace the main water supply pipeline in the area. The authority is warning drivers that the north bound lane from the 4way junction to Elgin Avenue will be closed and motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes. During the pipe-laying work, Hospital Road will be closed and traffic restricted to local traffic only while the regular traffic is facilitated through temporary traffic signals or flag men. The Hospital Road pipeline replacement project is part of the Water Authority’s ten-year capital plan to expand and upgrade its water and wastewater infrastructure. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

The work starts on Monday January when the current aged 8-inch diameter pipeline will be replace with a new pipeline in order to improve reliability.

“The main pipeline that runs along Hospital Road was installed in the late 1980’s and since that time the demand for water has increased significantly,” said Tom van Zanten, Deputy Director of the Water Authority. “The water distribution system has seen tremendous growth over the past twenty years and the 8-inch pipe now needs to be replaced in order for us to deliver water efficiently and reliably.”

The Water Authority recently completed a similar project to replace the aging pipeline along South Church Street. The replacement works will continue through mid-February 2012, barring any unforeseen occurrences. Most work will be carried out during the day, between the hours of 9am and 3:30pm.

Steps have been taken by the government water company to ensure that service to their customers in the area is not affected, the authority said.

“Prior to pipe laying of the new pipe, a temporary pipeline will be installed to ensure that water service to our customers in the immediate area is not interrupted while the main pipeline is out of service,” said Larry Washburn, Operations Manager. “We will also backfill the trenches at the end of each day as a safety measure.

“Due to the narrowness of the road, and the importance of safety, the Water Authority will perform most of the upgrade work at day, between the hours of 9am and 3:30pm,” he added.

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  1. Solomon Grundy says:

    Unna tink dis bad. Wait till you see the waterworks going happen in GT come May 2013.

  2. B.B.L. Brown says:

    Traffic snarls possible????   Yes, and I predict more.  There are too many people driving too many cars in Grand Cayman!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well that will be a good test run of downtown traffic for when the new cruise piers come in Georgetown. That is one of the roads affected by them and will see much more traffic. NRA, hope you have your monitors out.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is clearly work that should be performed at night. That link road is very busy during the day. Silly of water authority to think about doing that in the day.

    • Anonymous says:

      What about the people that live there and are trying to sleep at night?

    • Anonymous says:

      Silly McKeeva. He said no overtime. No exceptions. He wants to see a surplus so he can return to more frequent overseas travel again.