Place Louise will be partially shut to car traffic from Tuesday. It will therefore not be possible to drive towards Midi that way, Brussels Transport said in a press release on Sunday. This huge traffic change is part of the emergency traffic plan adopted following the closure of the Stéphanie Tunnel, which will last a year. Motorists that want to get to Trône will have to use the Louise tunnel, or take a detour through Place Poelaert.
The partial closure of the Place Louise is one of the dispositions put in place by the Brussels Region, the police, STIB and the communes of Bruxelles-Ville, Ixelles and Saint-Gilles. They aim to make traffic more fluid.
Among the different measures taken, “the current two lanes of traffic on the Place Louise will be made into one to avoid tail-back on junctions, and the roundabout will lose its priority. The lanes leading up to them will be given priority”, says Brussels Transport. For metro, tram and bike traffic, nothing will change.
These measures, adopted on Friday, will come into force on Tuesday. The different markings and signs will be put in place on Monday the 1st of February and Tuesday the 2nd of February. This is depending on “favourable weather conditions”, the Brussels transport administration has said. While they are waiting for these dispositions to be put in place, motorists are advised to avoid driving in the Louise neighbourhood, to use car sharing and public transport in this zone, and to use the diversions. They are advised to go into town through rue de la Loi or the Midi station, and to leave town via the rue Belliard or the Midi station.