The summer holidays are a busy time for road workers. Roadworks have closed the Leopold II Tunnel for the duration of the holidays and as one of the most important traffic arteries into the Belgian and Flemish capital its closure has resulted in heavy traffic from the Groot-Bijgaarden interchange to the city centre.
Despite the holidays traffic on the E40 motorway is as heavy as on an ordinary working day. The route into the city and the inner Brussels orbital are busier though. Traffic experts had feared worst on this the first day of the closure. Waiting times of half an hour are described as “normal”.
The Keizer Karellaan, the approach to the tunnel, and the Leopold II-laan, the alternative above ground route, are to be avoided. Brussels mobility minister Smet is urging commuters to leave their cars at home!