The Leopold II tunnel will be completely closed to traffic day and night from this Friday for two months, as it was at this time last year, in order to continue its renovation. The longest tunnel in the country will reopen on the 2nd of September.
Apart from some work done at night outside the summer months, the summer period is the most favourable period for large construction and renovation projects. The roadway will be completely renewed and the sidewalks renovated. Drainage will be adapted, a new water supply system for firefighters will also be installed and the power supply and ventilation will be changed. The renovation of the ceiling will also continue.
The construction site will undoubtedly cause quite a bit of traffic disruption because nearly 40,000 motorists use this road daily in both directions. Alternatives via the A12 and Boulevard Industriel (Anderlecht) have therefore been put in place.
A secure bicycle path has also been installed on Avenue Charles-Quint between the Zellik road (N8) and the tunnel itself. SNCB, Stib and De Lijn have also adapted their capacity and frequency of their modes of transport accordingly.
Other measures have also been taken to improve traffic flow around the tunnel: a single direction with a traffic lane for cars and another for buses, emergency services and motorcycles is planned around Elisabeth Park. Two exits will also be closed at Place Sainctelette to prevent motorists from blocking each other.