Restoration works will be ongoing for more than three years.
It’s time for road works (again!). In case you have not noticed yet, some parts of Brussels (Jourdan, Parvis, Louise etc.) are currently subject to road works. Leopold II tunnel is no exception.
As of 1st May, works have started in the longest Belgian tunnel. Although it will not last decades, the process will be quite long, as there will be works for 39 months. It will cost about EUR 264.7 million, but the region will spend about EUR 460 million in total for maintenance.
The aim of such works is to adapt the tunnel to the EU safety standards.
How much will you be impacted by the works?
By 30th June, Leopold II tunnel will be partially closed. You will indeed have no access to it from 10.00 pm to 6.00 am from Thursday to Sunday. It will however not be closed on Friday and Saturday, as the local authorities found appropriate to allow the users to take it to go to and go back from parties. This first step is essentially about removing asbestos the infrastructure.
From 1st July to 31st August, Leopold II tunnel will be completely closed over the day, in order to conduct the main works on the traffic routes. During this period, the Charles Quint avenue will be redesigned with only one traffic route, and the other one will be accessible only to buses and bikes. Even if these works can make your journeys more complicated, not to worry. Both the STIB and the SNCB have planned to reinforce their daily traffic to face the issues that could appear.
After the summer break, the tunnel will be closed only at night until the next summer, when strict measures will apply again.