Onkerzele/Idegem/Schendelbeke. Asphalt work is currently underway in Onkerzelestraat. The street is only accessible to local traffic. Traffic will be diverted via Driesstraat and Ganzestraat. Add to this the cut-through traffic of the Aalstsesteenweg and it gets very busy in the streets of Schendelbeke and Idegem. Trucks also regularly rumble through the streets. ‘That brings a lot of stress with it’, responds one resident.
The asphalting works in the Onkerzelestraat are in full swing and will last until October 15, depending on the weather conditions. Through traffic in Onkerzelestraat, from Bosstraat to Breekpot, is not possible. ‘A detour is being set up for traffic -3.5 tons via Voldersstraat, Kampstraat, Kerkborre, Ganzestraat, Driesstraat, Ankerstraat, De Dijk and Klakvijverstraat’, reads the website of the city of Geraardsbergen. Additional measures are being taken in the surrounding streets to prevent cut-through traffic.
For example, the police regularly carry out checks along the route, but that does not prevent the drivers from driving en masse through Idegem and Schendelbeke. Traffic is also seriously hindered by parked cars and works along the route. Heavy traffic also finds its way through the Dries and Ganzestraat. Heavy trucks regularly rumble through the otherwise quiet villages. The question remains why the contradictory road signs ‘Locally exceptional traffic’ and ‘Diversion’ are maintained.
In Onkerzelestraat, only local traffic is allowed from Breekpot to Kampstraat. In Kampstraat, local two-way traffic is allowed between Voldersstraat and Breekpot. A detour is being set up for traffic +3.5 tons via Zonnebloemstraat (N495), Astridlaan (N42), Brambroek (N8) and Aalstsesteenweg.
During the works, the Onkerzelestraat will not be accessible to ILvA from the intersection with Bosstraat to the intersection with Breekpot. As a result, the waste collection at home cannot continue and 2 collection points are set up, one in the Botermelkstraat and one in the Breekpot. Waste fractions can be presented at one of these collection points. An alternative route is offered for the Lijnbus 76.