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Redesigned Aalbeeksesteenweg as of May 16, to improve cyclist safety

Redesigned Aalbeeksesteenweg as of May 16, to improve cyclist safety

On Monday 16 May, the Road and Traffic Agency will begin the renovation of the Aalbeeksesteenweg (N43) between Condédreef and the Panorama roundabout. The renovation process should particularly spare the cyclist. The works will be carried out in two phases and will continue until the end of June.

The intersection between the Aalbeeksesteenweg and the Monseigneur de Haernelaan has long been known as a hotspot. Its redesign now means more space between cyclists and cars, and pedestrian walkways have been extended along the Aalbeeksesteenweg above the Monseigneur de Haernelaan.

“This way we can remove a dangerous intersection and build new, comfortable bus stops,” says Lydia Peters, the Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works. “We are investing €175,000 from the Flemish Recovery Scheme to make the bike and bus a more attractive means of transportation in Kortrijk.”

Concretely, the bike paths at Aalbeeksesteenweg, one meter wide, will be extended by 75 centimeters. The parking strip on one side of the road will also disappear to make way for these bike paths. In addition, the bus stops at the station “Kortrijk Aalbeeksesteenweg” under renovation. Both stations will also be located at the intersection with the Monseigneur de Haernelaan. For example, it is not possible to stop at an intersection, which improves visibility and safety.

We are investing €175,000 from the Flemish Recovery Scheme to make the bike and bus a more attractive means of transportation in Kortrijk.

The city of Kortrijk also decided to make the western branch of the Monsignor de Haernelaan a one-way street, in the direction of Minister van de Peerenboomlaan. In the direction of Aalbeeksesteenweg, only light two-wheeled cars are allowed.

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two stages

Works will start on May 16 and will take place in two phases. In the first phase, which is supposed to last five weeks, the break of existing bus stops will be accompanied by the construction of new ones. The Monseigneur de Haernelaan intersection will also be renovated, and an elevated bike path will be created. During this phase of the works, local traffic will be possible on the N43 Aalbeeksesteenweg.

The second phase will last for a week and will include rebuilding the asphalt pavement of the road and applying the markings. From June 20 to 24, the road will likely be completely closed and no vehicular traffic will be possible.

During the entire duration of the works, it was planned to divert the route with traffic through Minister Vanden Perepumlan and Mayor Felix de Bethunelan. Pedestrians and cyclists can pass safely.