Checkpoint Tervuren restored to former glory

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The concrete blocks to prevent heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) from passing through ‘Checkpoint Tervuren’ on the Duisburgsesteenweg have been reinstated to a width of 2.5 meters. Persistent knocking from lorries and other motorized vehicles had displaced the blocks onto the cycle path, creating a wide enough passage for heavy lorries.

Restoration work commenced at 10 am to minimize disruption to local traffic. For safety reasons, vehicles over 3.5 t are currently banned from passing along the Duisburgsesteenweg from the checkpoint. Town hall had identified insufficiently stable or compacted ground up to 13 meters deep along the road.

Efforts to reopen the Duisburgsesteenweg are now slated to commence in September 2024, under a best-case scenario, after the completion of the basement floor of the luxury Panquin apartments adjacent to the affected area. Deadlines are reportedly dictated by the construction firm managing the apartment complex.

Tervuren appears pitted against developers and their insurers regarding the town’s potential contribution to road repair costs. Insurers representing the developers remain unconvinced that the road’s inadequate foundation wasn’t a preexisting issue before the fatal crack emerged in the middle of the Duisburgsesteenweg.

Checkpoint Tervuren was established following the closure of the Duisburgsesteenweg in June 2023. Local businesses may eventually receive compensation for incurred losses, but it remains uncertain whether Tervuren car owners experiencing damages will be compensated.

Checkpoint Tervuren was established following the closure of the Duisburgsesteenweg in June 2023. Local businesses may eventually receive compensation for incurred losses, but it remains uncertain whether Tervuren car owners experiencing damages will be compensated.