Concerns grow over ring road surface

8th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The surface of the Vilvoorde viaduct on the Brussels ring road is worse than previously thought and might need to be replaced over the summer months.

8 July 2005

BRUSSELS — The surface of the Vilvoorde viaduct on the Brussels ring road is worse than previously thought and might need to be replaced over the summer months. 

A public works engineer informed newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' about the state of the road and Flemish Minister Kris Peeters confirmed an investigation into the road had been conducted in the past three months.

Part of the road subsided on 30 June after heavy rains leading to long traffic delays as emergency repairs were carried out, but new holes in the road were reported on Thursday.

Sources have claimed the road surface problems on the northern access ramp to the ring road were not coincidental. New tears and cracks have started to appear, cracks that can quickly become holes.

The road surface was replaced five years ago for the cost of almost EUR 4 million and a special English resin was used against advice.

The resin was designed to make the road water proof, but the asphalt is not sticking. And the resin is now damaging the asphalt, which is cracking under the train of heavy traffic.

Both Flemish-Brabant Roads and Traffic engineer Chris Caestecker and Drongen-based construction firm Aswebo have warned for new holes in the ring road's surface.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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