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    Brussels tunnels to reopen for first day of school

    Around 80,000 vehicles use the Leopold II tunnel on a regular weekday. Credit: Google Street View

    The Leopold II tunnel will reopen from Monday during the day to mark the first day of school but will close down again during the evenings as renovation works continue.

    After being completely shut for the second consecutive summer, the busy tunnel reopened at 6:00 AM on Monday, as vehicle traffic rolls back into the city after the holiday period.

    On a regular weekday, an estimated 80,000 vehicles pass through the tunnel, which shut down at the start of July for works, according to VRT.

    As work and school activities pick back up in the city, the tunnel will be reopened to traffic from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday, with renovations continuing during the night.

    The Rogier tunnel, also undergoing renovations, will also partially reopen to traffic on Monday, with two lanes in each direction reopened.

    The final stages of works in the Leopold II tunnel are slated for next summer, with the tunnel expected to be shut down completely.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times