St Maarten Airport adds traffic signs for the physically-challenged

Four new traffic signs have been added in front of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) to aid in the drop-off and pick-up of physically-challenged persons, said Justin Joe, the airport’s Facility Maintenance Manager.

Joe said the signs were painted in the public access lane at each pedestrian crossing where there is a ramp to facilitate wheelchair access. This brings to 12, the total number of spots designated for the physically-challenged.

The manager made it clear that the spots in front of the airport are only for drop-off and pick-ups and not for parking, as they are in the tow-away zone. Wheelchair parking is provided in the airport’s parking lots.

Men at work, painting traffic-friendly signs for the disabled at the Princess Juliana International Airport. {PJIA photo}

The request for the signs, Joe said, came from the airport’s Managing Director, Regina Labega after she identified the need.

As an international airport, PJIA must cater to all users, including the physically-challenged,” Labega said. “Our signage must therefore clearly reflect this philosophy.”

The signs were painted in January. At the same time, the airport used the opportunity to refresh the paint on the other eight signs in the employees’ and visitors’ parking areas.

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