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Preliminary design for the reconstruction of the Boulevard Adolphe Max and surroundings

The reconstruction of the boulevards in the city centre continues. The following works will take place at the Boulevard Adolphe Max and its surrounding streets, namely Rue du Finistère, Rue du Pont-Neuf, Rue de Malines, Rue de la Fiancée and Rue Saint-Pierre. Comments and suggestions about this preliminary design are welcome from 31 January to 28 February 2020.

As a reminder, around the Boulevard Adolphe Max several major projects take and took place:

  • Reconstruction of the central boulevards: in progress
  • Reconstruction of the Rue Neuve: in progress
  • Reconstruction of the boulevards of the small ring road: completed
  • Reconstruction of the Place Rogier: completed
  • Reconstruction of the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain: completed

Boulevard Adolphe Max

The Boulevard Adolphe Max has been reconstructed many times since its construction in the 1970s. Over the years, the state of the road surface and the footpaths deteriorated. The current structure of the boulevard is no longer adapted to the new traffic conditions.

Different trees show signs of decay. The Green Spaces Service of the City of Brussels therefore recommends replacing them.

Various problems were identified at the Rue Saint-Pierre, Rue de la Fiancée and Rue de Malines: illegal parking, footpaths that do not conform, damaged road surfaces, a lack of social control and hygienic problems.

The purpose of this redevelopment is to restore the Boulevard Adolphe Max to its former glory. The project includes the planting of new rows of trees and a high-quality paving for the footpaths. This revaluation is essential for the following reasons:

  • improving the living environment of the local residents and traders, and redesigning the boulevard so that the various traffic flows will move more smoothly
  • create the conditions for walks in the city and create contiguous spaces for pedestrians on the north-south axis of the Pentagon
  • reduce car traffic for the benefit of pedestrians and create bicycle connections with the surrounding neighborhoods
  • linking the Boulevard Adolphe Max to the objectives of the Good Move regional mobility plan

Boulevard Adolphe Max

  • Ground floor construction
  • A central roadway
  • Wide and comfortable footpaths in bluestone
  • Creation of planted areas with rows of tall trees
  • Lighting identical to that of the central boulevards between the trees
  • Removing the bus stop and lane (stop moved to the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain)

Boulevard Adolphe Max - exit to the small ring road

  • Removing the bus stop and lane (stop moved to the Place Rogier)
  • Construction of a delivery zone
  • Redesign of the entrances and exits of the metro

Rue de Malines

  • Residential area, construction on the same level ('ground level construction') with a central drainage channel
  • Upgrading the regional cycle route
  • Preservation of parking spaces
  • Construction of a square at the intersection with the Rue Saint-Pierre and planting of a tree
  • Material: granite paving stones similar to the Rue Neuve project

Rue du Pont-Neuf

  • Change to a one-way street
  • Footpaths in blue limestone
  • Removing illegal parking spaces

Rue de la Fiancée and Rue Saint-Pierre

  • Residential area, construction on the same level ('ground level construction') with a central drainage channel
  • Rue Saint-Pierre: 2 delivery zones of 18 m at intersections & 1 shop-and-go of 18 m
  • Maintaining access to garages and delivery entrances
  • Planting a tree at the crossroad with the Rue du Pont-Neuf
  • Material: granite paving stones similar to the Rue Neuve project

Rue du Finistère

  • Pedestrian street, ground floor construction
  • Material: bluestone (size of the paving stones similar to the footpaths of the Boulevard Adolphe Max)

  • 2020: comments and suggestions until 28 February 2020
  • 2020: drafting the application for the building permit
  • End of 2020: submission of the application file for the building permit
  • Early 2021: public inquiry and consultation committee
  • Mid 2021: issue of the building permit
  • End of 2021: start of the works of the utility companies (Vivaqua, Sibelga, Proximus,...)
  • 2022: award of the contract for the works and start of the works

Send all your comments and suggestions about this preliminary design to Julien.Mille@brucity.be. The responses are recorded from 31 January to 28 February 2020, before submitting the application for the building permit.

A printed version of this preliminary draft for the redevelopment can also be consulted at Brussels Participation from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

Before/after image of the Boulevard Adolphe Max:

Created on 31/01/2020 (modified on 31/01/2020)

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