Friday, August 14, 2009

St Maarten Dutch Bridge Closes Monday

The bridge on the Dutch side of St Maarten will be closed for two weeks beginning this coming Monday, 17 August 2009.

Many thanks to Gary Brown of Oceanmedia and presenter of the weekly marine broadcast of YachtBlast! which can be heard on Island 92 FM in St Martin, online, and as a podcast, for forwarding this press release to us.

Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation



August 13, 2009.

Bridge to be Closed for Maritime Traffic August 17 for two weeks for repair work

SIMPSON BAY - Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation hereby announces that as of Monday, August 17 the Simpson Bay Bridge will be close to maritime traffic for a two-week period to facilitate additional repair work.

Boat owners and captains therefore must decide whether they will leave their vessel in the lagoon or in the bay. The last bridge openings will be on Sunday, August 16 for inbound and outbound vessels.

The main contractor Hofman Sliedrecht will work on the replacement of the traffic barrier boxes and booms; installing new traffic lights and installing a new electrical control cabinet for the bridge.

All the repairs to the Simpson Bay Bridge are based on the recommendations made by Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Authority for Waterworks and Bridges. They are done to ensure the durability and longevity of the bridge structure.

In August 2009 Inspectors of Rijkswaterstaat will once more asses the condition of the bridge after all the improvements and will submit a report to the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority.

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With the possibility of a bit of bad weather coming our way next week (the system that is behind the now defunct TD2), this might present an interesting situation. I wonder if the people in surrounding islands that come to Simpson Bay Lagoon for storm protection know this.

The French bridge will still be opening twice a day through August and then it is scheduled to be closed for maintenance in September.

Fun in the sun!