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Brokkelbrug's successor above E313 takes an amazing shape: 14 of 21 beams raised in place (Wijnegem)

Brokkelbrug’s successor above E313 takes an amazing shape: 14 of 21 beams raised in place (Wijnegem)

Wommelgem / Wijnegem

This weekend, the Roads and Traffic Agency will lay the girders for the new bridge over the E313 at Wijnegemsteenweg in Wommelgem. We can deduce an amazing process. Fourteen of the 21 important “building blocks” for the new bridge are now resting on the new piers. This will cause an inconvenience on the E313 until Monday.

Jan Uman

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For the operation, which began Friday evening, a 50-meter tower crane and an 84-meter telescopic boom Liebherr tower crane were supplied via Mammoet. At night from Friday to Saturday, the first long concrete beams were put in place. In the meantime, the installation of equally impressive concrete slabs began. Together, these elements form the basis for the new road surface, which will follow later.

Specialist builders will continue to work throughout the weekend on the successor to “brokkelbrug” between Wijnegem and Wommelgem. The bridge’s last seven girders will follow Sunday morning.

Remarkable, especially in aerial photographs of the building, is the sheer size of the new bridge. It extends much more than the lanes of the E313. Along the Wijnegem side, an additional strip will be provided under the bridge to allow for the construction of a new bike highway or express tram at a later date. Although they can also become additional lanes for vehicular traffic.

As a result of this construction process, there will be traffic disruption on the E313 primary motorway through Monday, August 15. Traffic will go in two lanes in each direction near the works, on the other side of the highway. In the middle of the weekend, business and traffic will change.

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Avoid E313

AWV and Flemish Traffic Center ask drivers to avoid E313 in Wommelgem as much as possible while on business. Traffic from Hasselt to Antwerp or Ghent (and vice versa) can loop through Brussels. If drivers nevertheless drive through the E313, they must take into account the extreme inconvenience and long lost times.

After the bridge girders are placed, the construction of the roadway on the bridge and the approach ramps, and the installation of bicycle bridges follows. The works are expected to continue until the end of the year. At the beginning of 2023, the AWV expects traffic to be able to drive over the new bridge again. The Flemish government is investing more than 7 million euros in the new artwork (yes)

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