Tree bridge across Brussels orbital for small animals

On Wednesday night the Roads Agency erected a tree bridge across the Brussels outer orbital ring road at Groenendaal. The tree bridge makes use of existing infrastructure and will allow small animals to cross the ring road in all safety.

The bridge takes the form of a cylindrical container and should be of great benefit to squirrels and pine martens. The two ends of the cylinder will be connected to woodland on both sides of the motorway by a network of ropes.

The bridge will also reconnect woodland that has been cut in two as a result of the construction of the ring road.

By protecting animals against the dangers posed by traffic the Flemish authorities also hope to improve regional biodiversity and lessen the chance of a crash.

At present only animal tunnels under the ring road exist. These are now being improved.