Kennedy Tunnel closed to wide vehicles
4 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The Kennedy Tunnel at Antwerp is now closed to vehicles wider than 2m as reconstruction work on the city's ring road enters a new phase.
4 July 2005
BRUSSELS — The Kennedy Tunnel at Antwerp is now closed to vehicles wider than 2m as reconstruction work on the city's ring road enters a new phase.
The closure became effective from 7pm on Saturday night and affects all large vehicles wanting to use the Ghent-bound lanes of the tunnel.
A ban on large vehicles using the lanes bound for the Dutch border came into effect on Friday night.
Drivers of large vehicles risk a large fine or loss of licence if they drive through the Kennedy Tunnel, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported.
The Ghent-bound lanes of the tunnel need to be completely renewed, forcing their closure.
Traffic started being diverted through the tunnel via two narrowed lanes from 8pm on Saturday. In total, four narrowed lanes are being used on one side of the tunnel.
Trucks, busses, caravans, mobile homes and other vehicles wider than 2m are not allowed to enter the tunnel and are being forced to take another route. The ban will remain in place for a month.
The Netherlands-bound lanes of the tunnel were renewed last year. The road surface of the Kennedy Tunnel dated back to 1969.
For more information about the large-scale reconstruction works on the Antwerp ring road and the Kennedy Tunnel, call the Flemish info line on 0800 3 02 01.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news