Have a look at the Brabo II route via the interactive map.
R2 closed during the night of 13 November
Elia will carry out works on the high-voltage grid above the R2 in Antwerp during the night between Tuesday 13 November and Wednesday 14 November 2018. As part of the Brabo II project, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Elia will disconnect various high-voltage lines and remove them from the grid. Pulling machines will be used to take the high-voltage cables from the pylons and pull them over the R2 at a low altitude. They will then be taken away and disposed of. To this end, Elia needs to close the R2 in both directions for a few hours, between the Lillo complex (no. 12) and the Port of Antwerp (Antwerpen-Haven) complex.
Please note: If due to poor weather conditions the works cannot be performed during the night between Tuesday 13 November and Wednesday 14 November, they will be carried out one day later.
Traffic diverted via Zandvliet complex (no. 11) and Scheldelaan
Towards the A12
Traffic from Kallo (R2) heading towards the A12 must follow the diversion via the Lillo exit (no. 12), Scheldelaan and the Zandvliet complex slip roads (no. 11) towards the Netherlands or Antwerp.
Traffic on the A12 from the Netherlands and Antwerp heading in the direction of Kallo (R2) must follow the diversion via the Zandvliet exit (no. 11), Scheldelaan and the Lillo complex slip road (no. 12) towards Kallo.
A12 closed during the night of 19 October
Elia will carry out works on the high-voltage grid above the A12 in Stabroek during the night between Friday 19 October and Saturday 20 October 2018. As part of the Brabo II project, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Elia will disconnect various high-voltage lines and remove them from the grid. Pulling machines will be used to take the high-voltage cables from the pylons and pull them over the A12 at a low altitude. They will then be taken away and disposed of. To this end, Elia needs to close the A12 in Stabroek in both directions for a few hours.
Please note: If due to poor weather conditions the works cannot be performed during the night between Friday 19 October and Saturday 20 October, they will be carried out one day later.
Traffic diverted via Kanaaldok complex (no. 13)
Towards the Netherlands
Traffic from Antwerp (A12) heading in the direction of the Netherlands must follow the diversion via the Port of Antwerp complex, the R2, the Kanaaldok exit (no. 13), Kruisweg, Antwerpsebaan (N180) and Stabroeksebaan (N111). After the bridge, traffic can rejoin Havenweg (A12) via the Stabroek slip road (no. 13).
Traffic from Tijsmanstunnel (R2) heading in the direction of the Netherlands follows the same diversion from the Kanaaldok exit (no. 13) via Kruisweg, Antwerpsebaan (N180) and Stabroeksebaan (N111).
Traffic from the Netherlands (A12) heading in the direction of Antwerp must follow the diversion via the Stabroek exit (no. 13), Stabroeksebaan (N111), Antwerpsebaan (N180), Kruisweg and the Kanaaldok complex slip road (no. 13) to the A12.
Traffic from the Netherlands (A12) heading in the direction of Tijsmanstunnel (R2) must follow the diversion via the Stabroek exit (no. 13), Stabroeksebaan (N111), Antwerpsebaan (N180), Kruisweg and the Kanaaldok complex slip road (no. 13) to the R2.
There are no diversions for traffic travelling from Antwerp (A12) towards Tijsmanstunnel.
Pylons for Scheldt crossing under construction
Work on the River Scheldt crossing, which is taking place as part of the construction of the new 380-kV line between Zandvliet, Lillo and Liefkenshoek, is well under way. To enable the line to span the Scheldt, two new pylons 192 m tall are being erected on the banks of the river. Work is currently being carried out on the foundations, and the pylons are being assembled in various parts at the adjacent worksite. In the course of 2019, these parts will be placed one on top of the other to form a complete tower.
Finally, crane platforms will also be built on both banks from which we will construct the pylons on the banks of the Scheldt.
Brabo information meeting on 21 June 2018
On Thursday, 21 June, the Brabo project team spoke to the local residents affected by the Brabo II project. The information session at the Berendrecht-Zandvliet-Lillo District House was attended by 35 local residents, who came to inquire about the works scheduled to begin this summer. A set of 16 panels awaited the visitors, explaining the aims of Brabo and Brabo II, the phases of work involved and how the pylons will be erected and dismantled.
The visitors could then use an interactive map to indicate where they live. This map is freely accessible online and indicates for each pylon which contractor will carry out the work and when which activity will take place.
Information evening on 21 June
This summer, Elia will start work on upgrading the existing 150kV high-voltage line between Zandvliet and Lillo. To inform local residents about the work this will involve, Elia will hold an information session on Thursday, 21 June 2018. Anyone can visit the information session at any time between 17:00 and 20:00 at the Berendrecht-Zandvliet-Lillo District House (Antwerpsebaan 140, 2040 Berendrecht).
At the event, Elia's representatives will provide more information about the purpose, timeframe and nature of the works themselves and the inconvenience they might cause. The project's managers will be on hand throughout to answer any questions.
Interactive map Brabo II
Have a look at the Brabo II route via the interactive map.
380kV line between Zandvliet, Lillo and Liefkenshoek
Between January and April, subcontractors Herbosch-Kiere & Eiffage Energie carried out preparatory work in and along the River Scheldt. On each bank of the river, Elia is building a new pylon to connect the high-voltage substation at Lillo with Liefkenshoek. Between May and July, the contractor will complete the work on the foundations before going on to assemble and erect the pylons and put up the new conductors.
In addition, the contractor, Franki, has already started digging the foundations of the P1A and P1B pylons on the right bank of the river and the P4A, P4B, P5 and P15N pylons on its left bank.
150kV cables in Scheldelaan
Under the planned work schedule, Elia was due to complete its work on laying two 150kV cables in Scheldelaan by the end of spring 2018. However, during the cables' test phase problems were encountered in the junction box pits, where the two sections of cable are attached to each other. In the light of these problems, Elia decided to redo all the cables' junction boxes.
Now that Elia's works on Scheldelaan and Kruisweg are nearly finished, work will begin in January on the Brabo II overhead 380-kV line. In this phase, Elia will renew and upgrade the existing 150-kV line along the A12 to a 380-kV line. The high-voltage line will cross the Scheldt from Lillo to Liefkenshoek.
To enable the line to span the Scheldt, Elia is erecting two new pylons 192 m tall on the banks of the river. This height is required because the high-voltage cables crossing over the Scheldt will have to span a distance of 1 km and Elia has to take account of line sag and a new directive stipulating a safety distance of 100 m for maritime traffic.
In mid-January, subcontractors Herbosch-Kiere and Eiffage Energie started preparatory work such as putting up road signs, building an access road, breaching the dyke and constructing a work and crane platform to enable work to be carried out from on the water. The assembly and construction of the pylons will begin in April 2018. These works will last about one year.
In the spring of 2019, the lines connecting both banks of the Scheldt will be put in place and the pylons will be finished off, including the installation of safety lighting, among other things. In 2020, Elia will join up both ends of the new 380-kV line spanning the river, linking both its banks.
Two additional disruption abatement measures in place since 1 September
As of 1 September 2017, two new disruption abatement measures are in place for the works on Scheldelaan (N101). The Flemish Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV) and Elia have created a temporary commuter car park south of the Evonik car park. This additional park-and-ride (P+R) facility includes parking guides and bicycle racks.
In addition, the central reservation of Scheldelaan (N101) between the Lillo complex (No.12) and the access road to Lillo village has been tarmacked. Public transport (vehicles under 3.5 tonnes) can use the central reservation in both directions as a bus lane. With this new measure, Elia, AWV, Voka Antwerp-Waasland and the Port Authority aim to encourage employees of companies based in the port to use public transport and bicycles.
The additional disruption abatement measures arose from the structural accessibility consultation with companies along Scheldelaan.
Structural consultation with companies pays off
Elia and AWV are holding a monthly accessibility consultation with companies along Scheldelaan, Voka Antwerp-Waasland and the Port Authority. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss access arrangements for the companies during the works and to jointly identify additional disruption abatement measures.
In recent months, a number of measures have been devised, including the adaptation of site signage and traffic lights to improve traffic management during rush hours, a simple accessibility sheet for lorry drivers who don't speak Dutch, and a cycle map showing all cycle paths and crossings around the work area. By answering the companies' questions and addressing their needs on a regular basis, the project partners are able to minimise the inconvenience for everyone concerned during the works.
Elia organises information session for Lillo residents
On 30 May 2017, Elia together with the Flemish Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV) held an information session for the residents of Lillo village. Residents were given more information about access to the village during the last phase of the works on Scheldelaan (N101), starting on 21 August 2017. During this phase, the village of Lillo will be accessible from the south via a newly tarmacked section of the central reservation on Scheldelaan (N101). Residents were also informed about the work being carried out by AWV on the R2 at the Lillo complex (No.12) in July and August 2017.