PHILIPSBURG - As additional temporary traffic measures in connection with the ongoing trench work on the W.G. Buncamper Road, Juancho Yrausquin Boulervard towards Point Blanche which has been hampering the free flow of traffic resulting in major traffic back-ups, the police department has taken the following additional temporary traffic measures to help alleviate the present traffic situation:
- All traffic coming from the direction Sucker garden and traffic on the Walter Nisbet road between the Salt Pickers Round about and Freedom Fighter round about with destination Point Blanch will not be allowed to use the W.G. Buncamper Road. Instead traffic from Sucker garden will have to make use of the Walter Nisbeth road and make a left turn onto the Voges Street (street of the former S.V.B.) using the left lane to get to Point Blanch. Drivers on the Walter Nisbet road heading to Point Blanche would have to make a right turn onto the Voges Street using the left lane to get to their destination in Point Blanche. The right lane of Voges street will take you onto the E. Camille Richardson Street (Police station alley) into the Philipsburg area. On very busy days traffic coming from Sucker garden will not be allowed to make a left turn onto Voges Street but instead will have to turn at the Salt Pickers round about and head back towards the Freedom fighter round about to get to the Point Blanche area.
- All traffic on the Cannegieter Street ( Afoo Alley) are not allowed to make a left turn onto Voges Street towards the E. Camille Richardson street and Walter Nisbeth Road and must continue straight towards Emmaplein and Back Street.
- All traffic on Front Street is not allowed to make a left turn on the Emmaplein towards Back Street and Voges Street. Instead they must continue straight taking the right lane on Welvaart brug to get to Point Blanche and the left lane on the Welvaart brug onto the W.G. Buncamper road to exit Philipsburg.
- All traffic wanting to get to the Vine Yard, Over the bank and Harbour View are must use W.G. Buncamper road to get to their destination. When leaving these areas all traffic must make a right turn onto the W.G. Buncamper road to get to their destination.
The placing of traffic signs and barricades to facilitate the situation have already been placed at most locations and more signs will be placed at locations where are needed.
As a safety for student attending school in the Philipsburg area CPO’s (Community Police Officer) have been instructed to contact all schools in Philipsburg to inform them of the present situation.
All drivers in the Philipsburg area should take keen note of this information, conduct themselves responsibly while in traffic, follow the traffic signs and give all cooperation necessary to the police officers who will be monitoring this situation.
The community will be timely informed, via local media outlets as soon as additional measures or changes regarding to the traffic in Philipsburg and surrounding will take place. (Sint Maarten Police Force)