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

The reconstruction of the boulevards in the city centre continues. At a later stage, works will be carried out at the Boulevard Adolphe Max and the surrounding streets: the Rue du Finistère, Rue du Pont-Neuf, Rue de Malines, Rue de la Fiancée and Rue Saint-Pierre.

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

  • Redevelopment of the central boulevards: in progress
  • Redevelopment of the Rue Neuve: start of the works in the autumn of 2018
  • Redevelopment of the avenues of the small ring road and the Place Rogier: completed
  • Renovation 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
  • creating a good environment for walks in the city and creating uninterrupted spaces for pedestrians on the north-south axis of the Pentagon
  • in the other streets: reducing car traffic for the benefit of pedestrians, creating pedestrian and bicycle connections with the surrounding neighborhoods

Boulevard Adolphe Max

  • One lane for car traffic
  • Construction of two marked cycle paths
  • Construction of parking spaces along the roadway
  • Plantation of 36 trees (alder)
  • Wide and comfortable footpaths (in bluestone)
  • Asphalted roadway
  • Lighting identical to that of the central boulevards

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
  • Construction of a raised intersection at the Rue de Malines

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 two trees
  • Material: granite paving stones similar to the Rue Neuve project

Rue du Pont-Neuf

  • Maintaining the two-way traffic
  • Asphalted roadway
  • 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
  • Preservation of delivery zones at intersections
  • 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)

  • 2018: comments and suggestions until 18 October 2018
  • At the start of 2019: adapting the plans and submitting the application for the building permit
  • 2019: drafting the tender file
  • Early 2019: obtaining the building permit
  • End 2020 - early 2021: start of the reconstruction works

This reconstruction project aims to beautify your neighborhood and make it a more pleasant place for everyone. It is therefore justified, before applying for a planning permit, to hear the opinion of the residents, traders and users of this area around the Boulevard Adolphe Max.

The residents gave their reactions from 21 September to 18 November 2018:

The City of Brussels takes into account the reactions and opinions in the development of the plans in early 2019, before obtaining the building permit at the end of 2019.

A printed version of this preliminary design for the reconstruction can soon 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: