The semi-pedestrian path connecting Porte de Namur to Fernand Coq Square was inaugurated Saturday. The construction had begun last May and should be completed on time. From now on, the renovated chaussée d’Ixelles will be exclusively reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and buses between 7 am and 7 pm.
“A very large number of pedestrians show up, and I am very pleased by chaussée d’Ixelles’ renovation, both for the choice of materials and for the street level design. The boulevard, which once gave the impression of being narrow, has now doubled in width. The locals are very pleased that the public space has been given back to the population, and we note, in spite of some criticism, a large adhesion to this type of project,’’ commented Brussels’s Minister for Public Works, Pascal Smet, who stipulates that the work was accelerated in order to be completed by the announced deadline, and that the major part of the project was completed within two weeks.
Borders, trees and urban furniture still have to be installed on the capital’s second-largest commercial artery. As for the pedestrianizing of Fernand Coq Square, it will begin next autumn, and scheduled be finished by April 2019.
The Brussels Times