Step by step restart of road works in Wallonia
On Tuesday, Walloon infrastructure manager, Sofico, announced that activity on the 17 major rehabilitation road works should restart step by step. Measures will be taken by subcontractors to respect social distancing rules.
Ever since the COVID-19 virus outbreak, most road works have been put on hold as Belgians are asked to stay at home, and contractors experience difficulties respecting social distancing rules. After one month of lockdown, things are moving ahead. After Flanders restarted several roads works on its infrastructure on Monday, Wallonia followed quickly.
“Due to an internal work reorganization, several companies can restart their activities by adapting the rhythm of their work on most of the 17 major rehabilitation road works on-going on Walloon highways and national roads currently,” writes the Walloon infrastructure manager, Sofico.
Subcontractors have had to adjust their operations to respect the health measures imposed by the government. The construction works will be done step by step, depending on the availability of raw materials and the type of work.
Before the announcement, work had already (re)started on some ten sites. The asphalt is being laid on the E40 4-lane conversion, works on the E42-E19 bridges is underway, construction of a roundabout in Blandain and Waterloo is continuing at a slower pace, and the R9 exits are being worked on.
Work also continues on the N4, N40, N50, and N90. However, work on the E25/A25 between Cheratte and Visé, those on the E42/A16 in Pommeroeul, and on the E411/A4 in Louvain-la-Neuve are still at a standstill. Finally, Sofico informs that apart from the major operations, the conventional maintenance work continues on the entire road network.