On Monday 10 October, work will start on the redevelopment of the Arthur Gevaertlaan, the busy connecting road between the N462 Buke and Bevegem, where unsafe traffic situations and little smooth traffic due to the presence of the well-known small roundabout and the narrow passage under the railway bridge until have been commonplace until now. By redesigning the street, the city council wants to deal with these traffic problems, to the benefit of all road users, but in particular cyclists and pedestrians.
To be clear: this is not about a redevelopment of the A. Gevaertlaan but a redesign of the road image, with a focus on safety and structure, by means of road markings and traffic signs as well as small infrastructural measures. To decrease the overall speed, axle shifts and obstacles provided and to guide bicycle traffic in a safe way, there will be bicycle suggestion lanes which will also be extended under the railway bridge.
In addition, the small roundabout at the intersection with Deinsbekestraat and Bijlokestraat will disappear and be replaced by an ordinary intersection with priority from the right (the shark teeth are removed on each side road). The intersection is also reduced by demarcating the imaginary edge of the roadway and placing obstacles. The zebra crossings remain but a little shifted. Furthermore, there are also demarcated parking spaces and bus spaces provided (bus stops will be moved). In addition, a residential area is being created in the adjacent tram station, which should promote slower traffic and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
The application of all necessary road markings has been assigned to the company Trafiroad from Lokeren at the cost of EUR 72,671.09. The works will take about a week. Through traffic will remain possible on the first two days. From Wednesday 12 October this will no longer be the case and traffic will have to make a detour.