The first morning rush hour during business at Zandpoortvest in Mechelen passed without any major problems. To renew jackets, traffic must be one lane in both directions at this time. “But most people chose the shade,” according to the Roads and Traffic Agency.
Stijn Van de Sande
The much-discussed business of renewing Mechelen’s jackets began on Monday. In the coming months, one-way traffic will be introduced systematically on the Ring Road. This happens in six stages. During each phase, three to four weeks of work are performed on some jackets. After that, one direction at a time is inserted on the end part. For example, as of the end of December, traffic will only be able to travel in one direction through the entire ruins.
The rush went off the first morning during business without any major issues. “All traffic can still use Zandpoortvest in both directions for now, but it will have to use one lane inside the ring road,” says Stephanie Nagels, a spokeswoman for the Roads and Traffic Agency (AWV). “It didn’t cause any major traffic problems. It was very quiet in Zandpoortvest itself. Most of the traffic chose the new shade through Leuvensesteenweg or the intersection at Nekkerspoel. That’s a good job.”
However, not everything went smoothly. For example, cyclists and pedestrians can pass through the construction area, but it is not easy to find the right detour to an open crossing. A traffic light placed before the tangent opened directs motorists towards Leuvensesteenweg, but due to business you can no longer follow the same Leuvensesteenweg from Zandpoortvest. “The signs were already modified in a number of places on Monday morning. We will continue to monitor it and make further modifications if necessary,” Nagels says.
The work now taking place is part of the jackets’ temporary refurbishment. The final redesign will only take place in the long term. “It is now mainly about small business in infrastructure and changing traffic lights, traffic lights and road signs,” the AWV said. “Flowers and seats will also be installed on the empty space inside the track. This additional space should provide more comfort for pedestrians and cyclists.”
If all goes according to plan, works at Zandpoortvest will continue until August 19. From then on, there will be a one-way movement on that part of the jackets. Then, the work will be carried out respectively in Speecqvest, Schuttersvest, Van Benedenlaan, Koningin Astridlaan, Olivetenvest, Guido Gezelelaan, Edgard Tinellaan and Zwartzustersvest.