SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), Miklos Giterson, issued an apology to the community on Tuesday morning, July 10th, following reports of severe traffic around the Philipsburg area related to final repairs and paving being made to a portion of the Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard.
The traffic congestion was compounded due to the MSC SEASIDE cruise ship currently in port, leading to increased traffic to the Harbor.
The works, which started on Sunday, was originally scheduled to finish on Monday when no cruise ships were in port. However due to the impending storm those works were cancelled and resumed today.
“It’s obvious that there was an error made in planning and the ship schedules were unfortunately not taken into account. Upon learning of the issue, I immediately ordered the road work to stop and to reopen the road,” Minister Giterson explained.
Roads will re-open at 12pm today to traffic in both directions. Paving will now resume at 8pm this evening and continue overnight. Minister Giterson once again apologizes for any inconveniences and delays caused and will continue to ensure that future road repairs take the cruise ship schedules into consideration.