AWV reconverts conflict-free crossings on A12
The Flemish Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, AWV) is reconsidering its decision to reconvert the temporary arrangement of the traffic lights at five ‘black’ crossings on the A12 and the Boomsesteenweg (N177) in Aartselaar (Antwerp, Belgium).
The opposite lanes of some crossings will simultaneously get green light again to reduce waiting times and improve traffic flow. The measure implies that there will be conflicting situations at the intersections once more.
In March, the AWV had installed a new conflict-free traffic light arrangement at five ‘black’ crossings on the A12 and the parallel running Boomsesteenweg. This would improve safety for crossing cyclists and pedestrians, but the waiting times at the traffic lights increased significantly.
The situation became so dramatic that several companies were willing to go to court to resolve the traffic issue on the A12, but Aartselaar doesn’t want to go back to the previous traffic light situation. The commune, however, considers a temporary bridge until final measures are taken.
In July, the AWV promised a new arrangement and some extra measures. The opposite lanes will get green light again so that the waiting times will become shorter, but drivers will have to be more cautious about oncoming traffic and crossing cyclists and pedestrians.
The AWV considers the situation “acceptable” because it’s a temporary measure. “The actual situation and the long waiting times caused aggression and unsafe behavior,” AWV says. Special traffic signs and warning lights will be installed to indicate the new situation.
According to the AWV, the light arrangement will probably change again by spring 2020 when the construction works of Aquafin will be finished. In addition to the traffic light arrangement, the AWV is also preparing additional presort lanes at each of the crossings to make sure a maximum of traffic can cross at the same time.
One the long term, one or more bicycle bridges could be useful too, according to the AWV, and even other interventions will be studied, like tunneling. Voka, the Flemish network of entrepreneurs, is happy with AWV’s initiatives. The organization calls up employers and employees in the neighborhood to be careful and to respect the adapted traffic signs.