Traffic chaos in Brussels due to simultaneous closure of Leopold …

The simultaneous closure of the Leopold II tunnel, Rogier tunnel and Herb garden tunnel in the center of Brussels creates even more chaos on the roads of the capital than usual. The Leopold II tunnel and Rogier tunnel are closed for renovation work.

For several years now, summer holidays have been the moment when Brussels Mobility chooses to carry out heavy work on the historically neglected tunnels of the capital.

In addition to the work on the Leopold II tunnel, the Rogier and Kruidtuintunnel have also been closed to traffic since July. And there are more tunnels that need a refresh this summer.

Due to the low traffic period through corona, the Leopold II tunnel has been closed since the end of April for the continuation of the thorough renovation. The tunnel will remain closed until August 31. The Rogier Tunnel has been closed this month to replace the partition between the two driving directions. In addition, work is being carried out on the electrical power supply of the tunnel safety equipment. As a result of those works, the Botanic Tunnel was also closed in July.

Criticism of communication

In recent weeks and days, political comments have been made about the allegedly ‘poor communication’ around the closure of the Rogier and Kruidtuin Tunnels. Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) can however hear that Brussels Mobility will start as soon as a communication campaign has started. ‘The permit for the works in the Rogier Tunnel had been delayed due to the corona crisis. If the permit had been issued earlier, the communication campaign could also have been started earlier, ‘says Pieterjan Desmet, spokesperson for Van den Brandt.

They are not the only tunnels in Brussels to close this summer. In the Georges Henritunnel in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, the renovation of the tunnel mouths and the ceilings will be carried out daily from 6 July to the end of August between 7 am and 7 pm. During this work, both the Georges Henritunnel and the Montgomery are closed to traffic in both directions.

Asbestos will be removed from the Delta Tunnel in Auderghem this summer, while the tunnel mouths will also be renovated. It is true that this tunnel only closes at night, between 10 pm and 6 am. The exit to the car park is completely closed, but the car park itself can still be reached via the entrance of the STIB depot. The expansion joint is secured at the Beaulieu bridge above and additional inspections are carried out. For this, the bridge towards Delta is closed to traffic. These works last from July 6 to August 14.

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