Pascal Smet, the Brussels minister of transport and public works, ordered the closure of the Marchand Bridge in Anderlecht on Wednesday, for safety reasons. According to his cabinet, a study conducted by Brussels Mobilite after concrete blocks fell off on December 10th, revealed that they can no longer guarantee safety of the structure. Traffic under the bridge above the canal causeway is therefore closed to all road users.
The bridge is closed to all vehicles and only cyclists and pedestrians are currently able to use the structure connecting “Petite-Ile” and the Mons carriageway. The necessary deviation signs have been put up.
On December 10th, a block of concrete had fallen on a vehicle, fortunately without causing any injuries.
An investigation of the 1936 structure revealed the poor condition the concrete is in.
In January Mr. Smet will hold discussions with the Brussels prime minister and the first alderman of Anderlecht to decide whether the bridge should be repaired or replaced.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)