One year delay for Antwerp ‘opera’ roadworks
According to the building contractor Tramcontractors NV the Antwerp roadworks under the Opera square (Operaplein) will probably have a delay of eleven months. The interruption of the Leien, some important approach roads to the city centre might last till the end of 2019.
11 months delay
The delay is due to some unforeseen problems. The installation of several concrete walls has taken more time than expected and some places under the square needed extra support and reinforcement. The given date of completion was too soon anyhow. The contractor now will work out a new planning with detailed information about all delays and the probable causes of them.
In the meantime the ‘Opera’ pre-subway station, which was planned to be re-opened by September, will stay closed and also the ongoing traffic flow between the north and the south part of the city will remain interrupted. Completion of the square and the car tunnels will be ready by the end of 2019.