Belgium: closure of the Kennedytunnel (R1) in Antwerp
The closure is connected with the replacement of tunnel lighting and the installation of fireproof panels.
The tunnel tube in the direction of Gent will be closed from 9:00 PM on Friday, December 2. until 5:00 AM on Monday, December 5 (05:00)
Serious traffic disruptions can be expected in both directions:
❌ During the weekend closure, traffic from Gent in the direction of the Netherlands will be diverted from the E17 via the Antwerp-West junction to the E34 and R2, the northern part of the Antwerp ring road in the port. On the R2, northbound traffic will be diverted via the Scheldt and the Liefkenshoektunnel, which will be temporarily toll-free for traffic in this dirrection. Road users from East and West Flanders are advised to avoid the Kennedy Tunnel area towards the Netherlands and the Antwerp-West junction if possible, as there is a high chance that they will be stuck in traffic there.
❌ Traffic in the direction of Ghent can continue on two narrowed lanes through the tunnel shaft in the direction of the Netherlands, causing traffic jams and delays. Therefore, drivers going from east to west, for example from Hasselt to Gent, are advised to take the route via Brussels and avoid the Antwerp ring road and the Kennytunnel towards Gent.