The first bridge over the Brussels Ring Road is ready for use. The bridge, located near the Diegem train station, follows the railway line between Leuven and Brussels and connects to the F3 cycling highway.
Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) officially inaugurated the 169-meter-long bridge on Monday.
This new cycling infrastructure with increased safety should prevent cyclists from having to make a detour across the Brussels Ring Road via another bridge, which would have meant an extra 3,5 to 4 km.
The 5-meter-wide bridge, some parts of which weigh up to 80 tonnes, is also accessible to pedestrians. At the same time branches of the F3 have been realized to the nearby Keiberg-Kouterveld industrial estate and to Diegem station. This should motivate commuters who come to work by car to use their bicycles more often.
€24 million price tag
The entire project has a price tag of 24 million euros. The largest part of this, some 15 million euros, comes from the Flemish government, and 8 million euros comes from the province of Flemish Brabant. The Machelen and Zaventem municipalities are also making a financial contribution.