First rush-hour lanes inaugurated on Limburg highway
Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), has officially inaugurated the first rush-hour lanes on the Limburg highways on Monday. On the E313 between Lummen and Beringen, a third lane is available now to obtain a fluent traffic flow.
To be perfectly clear: a rush-hour lane is an additional lane on the highway that can be used during rush hours. It offers more space and helps to prevent congestion. The rush-hour lanes are open on working days between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; they’re closed in weekends and on holidays unless traffic is extremely heavy.
The extra lane can also be closed in case of an accident, for instance, so it increases traffic safety on the highway. The Flemish Traffic Center is permanently monitoring the situation on the rush-hour lanes by means of camera images and data from the measuring loops in the road surface.
Minister Peeters: “This is a huge step forward for the region’s mobility. The dynamic use of the shoulder improves traffic flow in the region of the cloverleaf of Lummen in a very safe way.”
The Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, AWV) is planning more rush-hour lanes on the 13-km-long stretch of the E313 between the cloverleaf in Lummen and Ham in both directions.
People are free to mention suggestions, concerns or objections about the plans. All those remarks will be taken into account during the study of all possible surrounding factors like noise, water, and quality of life.