Sint Maarten Roads

Sint Maarten

This exclusive roads feature is brought to you courtesy Kelly W., in English because it's the prevalent language of this Dutch colony. I don't know either.

Arrows alternate with center stripes to let you know the lane ends. Center stripes are white, because Sint Maarten is a Dutch colony, but I confess that without an extensive knowledge of Europe, I can't explain why the shoulders also have dashed lines.

Stencilled street sign that otherwise mimics the United States'.

Kelly says this is the only traffic signal setup she saw on the entire island. Notice that there is a left turn arrow there. Also notice that, by the zebra stripes, there is a pint-sized traffic signal that may be for the first car in line, and a teaspoon-sized traffic signal that appears to be oriented to pedestrians. On the right is a typical intersection warning sign (like the signal didn't give that away).

Intersection ahead and no... parking? The slash is 90 degrees off.

No parking, stopping forbidden. The only Dutch in any photo. The square arrow is a one-way arrow.

Innovative slippery when wet. 30 kph, not MPH, that's how dangerous it is.

Rotary sign foreground, back of a guide sign background.

No right turn at this intersection, while traffic from the right comes to a stop at a lesser-known international stop sign, a triangle inside a circle instead of the usual octagon. There's not much to visually distinguish it from a regular traffic sign, which is probably why it's lesser known. Only the Caribbean really still uses it.

More assertive speed limit sign.

Must be a beach party tonight! I'd start getting tired the third time... with those Speed Humps ahead.

Another signal (thus disproving Kelly's assertion from the main page), with an older no left turn sign.

In the last photo, the foreground has the green sign that belongs on this page, but the background shows a typical commercial guide sign atop a bunch of advertisements.

Scattered around the Dutch side of the island are stacks of advertisements in identical rounded-rectangular metal casings. At the very top of these ads, which I cut out of the following photos to try not to promote businesses (unless they pay me), there sit perfectly useful guide signs, if anyone can be bothered to look up that far. In the last photo, an old advisory intersection sign in the foreground obscures most of the ads, so I left them in to give you a taste of what a stack looks like.
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