Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority orders study of traffic congestion Cole Bay

POSTED: 06/5/14 4:56 PM

St. Maarten – The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) has contracted GMB Engineers and Planners Inc. and CH2M Hill to carry out a traffic survey in Cole Bay and Simpson Bay. The survey targets traffic bottlenecks that occur during rush hour on weekdays from 4 to 5.30 p.m.

On Monday GMB began the study by placing tubes on key roads in Cole Bay and Simpson Bay.  The turning movement counts will be collected using video. Traffic engineers will use all data collected to evaluate traffic and prepare a report.  

Part of the causeway project is finding solutions for traffic bottlenecks that continue to occur after the completion of the ridge across the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Adjustments to Union Road were also part of the plans.

This would enable delivery trucks to reach their destinations unhindered by traffic congestion, thus saving on fuel costs.

A preliminary report about the traffic study will be ready in six weeks; the final report follows a month later.  The Lagoon Authority is looking forward to recommendations about the bottlenecks and to a discussion with stakeholders about their implementation. 

GMB develops solutions based on comprehensive transportation planning and traffic engineering principles.  The company has completed numerous traffic impact and concurrency studies and rezoning applications. 

GMB currently provides planning and engineering services for the Florida Department of Transportation and works with multiple counties and cities.

CH2M Hill has been described as a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management. The company employs 26,000 on six continents working on some of the most complex projects on the planet. 

The company partners with clients in energy, water, environment and infrastructure to design integrated solutions that deliver lasting value.

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