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Brussels approves demolition of Herrmann-Debroux viaduct
After the recent demolition of the Reyers viaduct in Schaerbeek, the Brussels region has now set its sights on doing away with the Herrmann-Debroux viaduct in Auderghem.
The Brussels government gave the green light last week at the second reading of the Master Development Plan (PAD) of the Delta-Herrmann-Debroux area, a redevelopment plan that includes the demolition of the viaduct, an intrusive elevated dual carriageway that was built in the 1970s without a single permit.
In fact the plan covers a wider area, as detailed by Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort:
"The PAD Herrmann-Debroux project site is a vast metropolitan complex with an area of 110 acres. This territory has a key role in the creation of a new face for Brussels.
"The perimeter of the PAD project extends over the municipalities of Auderghem and Watermael-Boitsfort and includes all of the E411 metropolitan road network and its three viaducts as well as the boulevards and avenues that run alongside the motorway and extend it."
Vervoort added: "The project intends to reconnect the banks of the E411 around a contemporary urban boulevard. The region plans to build new housing, green spaces and amenities, paving the way for the mobility of tomorrow."
The project was submitted to the Council of State for opinion. It will then return to the Brussels council of ministers for final approval.