General Public Notice: “Traffic Diversion Dutch Quarter Sewerage Project”

Hon.Niklos Gitterson, Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI)


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 of the upcoming road closure on the A.T. Illidge Road for the Dutch Quarter Sewerage Project. This road closer is also of concern to the surrounding areas Belvedere, Defiance and Madam Estate with an addition to the traffic circulation.

The road closer will go into effect as of Monday November 12th 2018 through December 15th 2018, from The Bishop Hill Roundabout to the Nazareth Bridge. The project will be done in phases to ensure access at all time to the Dutch Quarter District, each Phase will consist of 1 week (see illustration), access to the supermarkets and Dr. Bryson Clinic will be maintain as well.

The Road Closer is as Follows:

  • The road will be closed from 9:00am to 6:00pm;
  • Traffic will be allowed to enter from the Bishop Hill Roundabout, only one lane will be open, this section of the works will become a one way traffic during non- working hours;
  • The diversion routes from French St. Martin to Philipsburg  will be via the Sucker Garden 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 the Nazareth Bridge;
  • Traffic using the A.T. Illidge Road to Oyster Pond and French St. Martin  will be diverted via the Middle Region Road;
  • The bus stop at the roundabout will be located with signs indicating the new stop location for the passenger busses.

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 place 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 entire project has a duration of a calendar year and is projected to be completed by August, 2019. 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.