The City of Mechelen is working on a temporary redevelopment of the station area this summer. Due to the opening of the shade, the traffic circulation changes dramatically. The city and Pidpa are investing just over 1.2 million euros in alterations.
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The tangent, the new access road connecting Brusselsesteenweg (N1) in Mechelen-South with the N15 in Nekkerhal, will open before summer. “After opening, we can adapt the traffic in the station area to the final situation. We are not only doing this with signs and arrows, but also renovating the streets in anticipation,” says Patrick Prinsen (Vld-Groen-m+), Alderman at Public Works. A final redesign.
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Wide and safe bike paths, more space for pedestrians
“By doing this, we are creating wide and safe bike paths, which increase pedestrian space and give De Lijn buses more free passage,” First Ships says. From the end of this summer, traffic will no longer be welcome at Hendrik Consciencestraat, which will be used as a traffic hub for cyclists and regular buses.
In the future, car traffic between Post Seallaan and Leopoldstraat will operate in two directions, but only for local traffic. “We are also renovating the Van Kerckhovenstraat. The asphalt on this street is in desperate need of replacement, especially now that it is a one-way street that will bring traffic from Leopoldstraat to Wardijk,” explains Prinsen.
Lubricate 500 square meters, add 37 trees
Where possible, the city wants to bring more green space to the streets. “In general, we have lightened an area of about 500 square metres. 37 trees will be added. In this way, the street residents not only get less traffic, but also have safe, comfortable, greener and more pleasant streets.”
The city council aims to start work in August. All asphalt work should be completed by the end of November, and planting by the end of this year. The city council approved the investment at the beginning of this week: the city will pay about 1.16 million euros, and Bidba will pay about 54 thousand euros.