To alleviate traffic congestion between the Dutch and French sides of St. Maarten/Martin, a new causeway has opened.

The causeway links Simpson Bay and Princess Juliana Airport on the Dutch side of the island with Marigot on the French side.

The 2,280-foot-long causeway accommodates two lanes of traffic with protected sidewalks on each side, a bike track and a swing bridge at the center.

Drivers enter the causeway via two roundabouts, one near Airport Road and the other on Union Road near the Dutch-French border. The swing bridge allows boats and large yachts to pass side by side through two navigation channels during set opening times.

The Causeway Swing Bridge, which also serves as an alternate route if the Simpson Bay Bridge is inaccessible, opens every 30 minutes from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at 3:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Opening times for the Simpson Bay Bridge are hourly from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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