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Montgomery roundabout closed for 5 days

Montgomery roundabout closed for 5 days

The
Montgomery roundabout in Brussels is being closed to all traffic from Friday
evening till Wednesday morning to allow the mobility agency Brussel Mobiliteit
to carry out modifications to improve safety. 
One lane for traffic will disappear but more cycle paths are being set
out.

Montgomery
roundabout is a busy place at the best of times but also a roundabout with many
accidents.  “We’re scrapping the fast lane
(nearest the fountain)” says Inge Paemen of the mobility agency.

Cycle paths
for both directions meet at Montgomery. 
The agency now wants to turn the slow lane (furthest from the fountain) into
a “cycle suggestion lane” (!).  “Experienced
cyclists can use it, while people new to cycling can stick to the cycle path”
says Paemen.  “The goal is to make every
road user feel comfortable and able to proceed safely.  The changes will enhance the flow of
traffic.  Research shows much of the
congestion is the result of the many lanes”.

Work starts
Friday at 8PM and is scheduled to end at 6AM on Wednesday.

“For this
entire period the rotunda will be closed. 
Drivers can take Montgomery Tunnel. 
The works are already clearly indicated, but still I fear for the
disruption” says Paemen.

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