With tunnel maintenance, infrastructure renovation and other works, Brussels will again be the focus of major public building activities this summer.
Several sites are likely to cause disruption to major routes, according to the government department responsible for mobility. The preparatory stages of some operations will commence this Tuesday.
The Léopold II tunnel will again be closed during July and August for complete renovation works, starting on the night of June 28.
Looking ahead to the works, a one-way system will be implemented from June 15 around the Parc Elisabeth and the Basilique so as to avoid through traffic entering residential areas. Buses will circulate in a clockwise direction with cars going the opposite way until September 1st. "Works preparatory to the implementation of the one-way system would start on Tuesday June 11," Bruxelles Mobilité reported.
The Rogier tunnel will also undergo extensive maintenance commencing June 28. In the meantime, it will be closed in the Basilique direction. "The opposing lanes will be maintained via the tunnel's central sluice in the midi direction along a single lane both ways," Bruxelles Mobilité specified. The situation will be reversed in mid-August. The tunnel is scheduled to be re-opened on September 1st, but the works will continue at night until the end of November.
At another site, Vivaqua, Elia and Sibelga were beginning the renovation of their premises on June 17 in the Avenue Charles Quint, between the Basilique and the Drève de l'Aérodrome, heading out of town. Up to and including September 1st, traffic there would be confined to a single lane in the direction of the autoroute.
Ten or so local operations will also be taking place in the town centre direction (on the odd-numbered side) outside of rush hours. There will be only one lane open to traffic at the time of these operations.
Finally, Stib will take advantage of the school holidays to renovate tram infrastructures in various places. The sites having the greatest impact would be those in the avenue Brugmann at Uccle, the rue Jules Lahaye at the Jette cemetery and on the place Saint-Lambert near the Atomium.
The Brussels Times