Weyts orders study for bringing A12 underground
Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Ben Weyts (N-VA), has asked the agency for roads and traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer) an extra study on the feasibility of bringing the A12 partly underground. The municipalities of Aartselaar, Hemiksem, Schelle and Niel (Belgium) have insisted on this.
3,3 km underground
The A12, connecting Antwerp and Brussels, is considered a motorway but it still has some dangerous crossings. There already were plans in the past to rebuild this road but it wasn’t until now that those plans might become reality. Goal is to bring a 3,3 km long part of the motorway underground, making aboveground traffic safer, limiting noise nuisance and improving air quality.
New open space
“Guiding the A12 through a tunnel would provide new open space, which could be used for safer crossing-places for bike-riders and pedestrians”, says Mayor of Hemiksem, Luc Bouckaert (CD&C). The first results of the study will be available by spring next year.