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“A madness”, “a catastrophe”: road chaos on Avenue Van Praet to leave Brussels

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On this northern gateway to Brussels, construction sites have been in full swing since the fall. As part of the transformation of the A12 into “A-soft” as Minister Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) calls it, Avenue Van Praet has been made two-way and reduced to a strip towards Brussels and two towards Flanders. In return, Avenue des Croix du Feu is set to become a “walking path”.

Since September, this entrance into the capital has vibrated to the rhythm of this redevelopment project to which has been added the extensive work on the future tram 10. Laying of the rails, creation of a roundabout, referral of all traffic to Avenue Van Praet… interventions which generate a number of road disruptions and congestion.

The transformation of the A12 into “A-douce” begins with a vast construction site on Avenue Van Praet: “It’s going to be chaos”

“Everyone complains here”

“A disaster”, deplores Jean. He has lived in the neighborhood since 1990. “You have to be patient it seems… I pity all those who have no other choice but to leave Brussels by this road and who sometimes waste 30 minutes at a stop.”

"A madness", "a disaster" : road chaos on avenue Van Praet to leave Brussels
For Jean, the situation is a “catastrophe”. ©DR

“Everyone complains here”, curses Mat, another local resident. “From 4:30 p.m., people start honking everywhere. Unable to open windows”says Gaëlle, present in the neighborhood “always”.

”It’s crazy. It’s impossible to get around here”, sighs Hubert… on a scooter. The Laekenois decided to do without his car as much as possible and therefore acquired a scooter for his short trips. “It goes faster. But with the construction site, I still find myself stuck sometimes.”

"A madness", "a disaster" : road chaos on avenue Van Praet to leave Brussels
To avoid traffic jams, Hubert now travels by scooter. ©DR

Smoother traffic from May 13

Although the work began this fall, the situation worsened significantly this spring due to a new phase of work. “From May 13, traffic will be much more fluid thanks to the work on the A12: traffic from Brussels will then take place in a straight line, without intersections and without lights, up to the A12,” assures the office of the Minister of Mobility.

81% of drivers speeding on Avenue Van Praet in Brussels on Saturday

But let us remember that this vast construction site on Avenue Van Praet is far from being the only one in this northern part of Brussels. Added to these major disruptions are the closure of the Buda bridge, the still unresolved collapse of the Monnoyer quay as well as the slowdowns linked to the renovation of the Vilvoorde viaduct planned until 2031…

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