A (complete) covering of the Antwerp Ring road may no longer be necessary if the vehicle fleet is electrified quickly. This was heard on Thursday by Lantis, the developer of the Oosterweel connection, in a progress report in the Flemish Parliament.
The roofing fund already contains approximately 200 million euros. It concerns unused funds from Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters that are deposited into the fund every year. The ultimate goal is to collect a billion. But perhaps that money could be put to better use than for a complete covering of the Ring, Lantis suggested on Thursday.
“The roofing has started from the point of view of pollution, particulate matter from cars, etc.,” said David Van Herreweghe, chairman of the Lantis Board of Directors. “Of course, if you now receive elements such as the measures to move towards an accelerated electrification of the vehicle fleet, this can have a significant impact on the choice to go for a partial or partial roof. If this really accelerates, it may no longer be necessary.”
Finished six months faster on the Left Bank, delay at the Scheldt tunnel
The progress report also announced that the works on the Left Bank will be completed at least six months earlier than planned. Several parts will be delivered in full this year. The renewed road surface of the E17 in both directions will be ready at the end of this month. Subsequently, the second series of noise barriers will be placed along the highway. With the exception of the Antwerp-West junction and the Sint-Anna junction, all works on the Left Bank will be completed this year.
The start of the works on the Scheldt tunnel was delayed by three months, from September to December, because of the PFOS problems. PFOS will also have an impact on the construction of the Oosterweel junction
Lantis gave some more information about the PFOS problem. The financial impact on the Left Bank will all in all remain fairly limited, but the elaboration of the Scheldt tunnel will be a different story. “350.000 cubic meters of soil have to be moved for the Scheldt tunnel, we do expect a financial impact there,” said CEO Luc Hellemans. “The advantage is that we can process a part on site due to a different design, but it is of course a lot of work.”
In the meantime, very high concentrations of PFOS have also been measured at the Lobroek dock, which cannot be removed from the sludge for the time being. “The source is not 3M there,” said Hellemans. “You can’t trace it back to an incident either. But the river Het Schijn runs into that and the overflow of the sewage treatment plant.”