The evening rush hour around Antwerp is difficult on Monday evening. Especially for those who have to go to Kempen or Limburg via the E313, there is a northerly repair at the Pullebrug, just past Massenhoven. The works would certainly last until after midnight.
On the Pullebrug, which runs over the Netekanaal just past Massenhoven, a profile of a bridge joint has come loose. “That part of the road was immediately closed,” says Stefanie Nagels of the Roads and Traffic Agency (AWV). “Our people are now on site for emergency repairs.”
The broken profile will be removed and the trench will be temporarily filled with a special mortar. “It then needs about two hours of curing time,” says Nagels. The AWV expects that the track will only be passable again after midnight, but before the morning rush hour tomorrow.
There are only two lanes at the emergency repair site, so only one is now available towards the Kempen and Limburg. The consequences for the evening rush hour are obvious. From Antwerp East, traffic was almost at a standstill at the start of the evening rush hour. You had to add at least an hour and a half.
Travel time is gradually decreasing. From Ranst to Herentals-West it now takes half an hour.