Major road works on E314 near Leuven start next week
On April 15th, major road works will start on the E314 at the Wilsele viaduct near the city of Leuven. According to Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, this will last until the autumn of 2021.
Once traffic returns to its usual density after the corona crisis, it is most likely to experience extensive traffic jams in this area.
The works take place following the major redevelopment project in the north of Louvain (‘Leuven Noord’). The Roads and Traffic Agency should already have started last month, but the corona measures messed up this planning.
In the meantime, Minister Peeters has called on the sector to start as many road works as possible because there is now little traffic, though with respect for the corona rules.
More road works
From April 8th, Roads and Traffic will place the markings and signs for the works, which will start in a week. According to the current planning, they will last until the autumn of 2021. During this period, Roads and Traffic will also carry out four other projects on the E314 in Leuven.
The Wilsele viaduct will be renewed and widened where the traffic heads toward Lummen. This will take place as part of the construction of a rush-hour lane between Herent and Aarschot, which will be constructed in 2022.
A bicycle and car tunnel will also be built under the highway, and the Agency will renovate three bridges and install new noise barriers between Herent and Wilsele. The works will have a major impact on road users.
At the Wilsele viaduct, traffic will have to pass through narrow lanes, with a speed limit of 50 kph, over the next eighteen months. At the Wilsele-Kessel-Lo complex, only the exit from Brussels will remain open the whole time. The other entrances and exits will close next week.
“The works will cause inconvenience for the next year and a half, but in the long term, the benefits will be substantial,” says Peeters. “Highway users will be less likely stuck in traffic jams once the rush-hour lane will be ready. Benefits also for the people of Wilsele and Kessel-Lo, who can cycle safely through the tunnel under the highway, without having to pass the highway entrances and exits.”