Viaduct on Brussels’ Ring strong enough for fourth lane
The organization of the Flemish Government that co-ordinates large and complex mobility projects (Werkvennootschap) is on a tour of inspection to check the condition of the 32 bridges on the Brussels ring road. The most important viaduct, in Vilvoorde, proves to be strong enough to extend the number of lanes in each direction to four.
The survey fits in the large-scale reorganization of the Ring next year. The transformation of the Ring concerns the reorganization of five important traffic junctions: the E40 to Ghent, the A12, the E19, the exit to the airport and the E40 to Leuven.
40 years old bridge
The most important bridge in the whole project is the viaduct in Vilvoorde. Although the construction is 40 year old, it still is in good shape. Good enough to create two extra road strips on it. According to the first results of the inspection only some fortification needs to be done, mostly at the bottom on the bridge, causing a minimum of trouble for ongoing traffic.
Goal is to create two parallel traffic lanes for local traffic and two for ongoing traffic, diminishing ‘weaving movements’ caused by drivers constantly shifting lanes. The problem of the Ring now is that there are too much exits following each other on a short distance, making traffic constantly moving from the left to the right, creating unsafe situations.
More details about the concrete organization, whether or not there will be a physical separation between the lanes, the phasing of the plans and the priority of the traffic junctions are not known yet.