Brussels to knock down Herrmann-Debroux viaduct
Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (PS) announced that the Herrmann-Debroux viaduct would soon be knocked down. The E411 highway will be connected to Delta via an urban boulevard. The metro line 8 will be lengthened, and the construction of a park and ride facility is planned.
For years, the Herrmann-Debroux viaduct has been seen as Auderghem’s black spot. The municipality’s mayor, Didier Gosuin, has been campaigning for its destruction for fifteen years, ever since a fire weakened the structure. More recently, a close inspection showed new signs of fatigue and the viaduct was closed for some time. Today, the Region puts the final nail to its coffin.
Behind this destruction lies the desire to moderate incoming traffic from the E411 highway. Mitigating the negative impact on the quality of life and safety of the neighboring citizens is also a top priority. As the Meiser project and the end of the A12 highway, the idea is to transform entries to the Region.
“It will take time, judging by the time procedures take, but the objective is to inaugurate the project under the next legislation”, declares Minister-President, Rudi Vervoort (PS). From the Soignes Woods’ sports center to the Delta metro station, a two-lane urban boulevard will replace the viaduct.
Metro 8 extension
Another major part of this project is the lengthening of the metro line 8. Indeed, the metro won’t stop at Herrmann-Debroux anymore. A new station will be constructed near the Rouge-Cloître, at the end of the E411. A park and ride facility will be constructed to deter motorists from entering the city.
“We’ve studied different options. Do we keep the viaduct or not? Do we transform it into a suspended garden? But, we concluded that it was nonsense. We’ve opted for the destruction”, ends Rudi Vervoort.