General Public Notice “Traffic Diversion Dutch Quarter Road, Caines Drive Intersection”

The Ministry of VROMI / Department of New Projects on behalf of The Government of St. Maarten is hereby informing the residence of Dutch Quarter and the General Public of St. Maarten that the main road in Dutch Quarter, Illidge Road will be temporarily closed to fix the ongoing drainage/ sewerage problem in the middle of the road at the intersection of Caines Drive in the vicinity of the former Doctor Bryson Clinic. The works will primarily focus on repairing the running sewerage in the middle of the road and will take two days to complete. These works entail excavation and placement of sewer lines in the Illidge Road. The road closure will commence from Thursday December 10th 2020 to Friday December 11th 2020. To permit the flow of traffic on the first day, the road will be close from 9:00 am. Please note that this road closure will be a permanent closed for the duration of the two days. This road closure also concerns the surrounding areas of Belvedere, Defiance and Madam Estate with an addition to the traffic circulation. Traffic going toward Madam Estate (uphill) will be diverted through Nazareth Road and Union Farm Road. Traffic downhill will be able to drive with caution on Illidge road.
The Ministry of VROMI is urging the motorist and the general public to proceed with care and caution duration the work hours. All businesses along the main road will remain open and accessible to the public. Proper street lighting will also be put in effect to ensure safety to the community.
The Road Closure is as Follows:

  • The road will be closed from Thursday December 10th 2020 at 9:00 am to Friday December 7th 2020, 6:00pm; - Traffic will be allowed to enter from the Bishop Hill Roundabout to Dutch Quarter up until the road closure; - The diversion routes from French St. Martin to Philipsburg will be via Bishophill Road; - The diversion routes from French St. Martin to Cole Bay/ Simpson Bay (Airport) will be via the Middle Region Road; - Traffic using the A.T. Illidge Road to enter Dutch Quarter may do so until Nazareth Road ; - Traffic using the A.T. Illidge Road to Oyster Pond and French St. Martin will drive with caution in the work zone; - All bus stops will remain in use for passengers using public transportation.
    Working together for a better St. Maarten
    In full cooperation with the Traffic Police Department we are asking all motorist to please respect the traffic diversion and the notice placed for the detour for a smooth transition while the works are being carried out. This is to ensure safety to all during these times. The works are scheduled to be carried out during the daytime. The project consist of the sewerage implementation for the Dutch Quarter District. The works are in conjunction with the 10th EDF programme with the upgrading of the infrastructure of socially deprived neighborhoods.
    The Ministry of VROMI/ Department of New Projects on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten would like to thank everyone for their patience during the execution of works. The information will be updated when necessary to any changes on the Ministry of VROMI Facebook Page, the Project Facebook Page and the Community of Dutch Quarter Facebook Page.