How to cut down the time spent on road works is accented by a method now in full use in the city of Brussels.
Great ploughs are brought into action and the old macadam is being cut into ditches. Then the macadam is taken away by big mechanical shovels. A huge crowd is interested by the works.
Various shots of the works between the North Station and the Place de la Bourse.
General views of the Place de la Bourse and the Boulevard towards the North Station. The traffic is being diverted into smaller streets. Different views of the works. After the old macadam is deblayed, they begin with the new coating of the Boulevards. The steam-rollers are entering into action.
The works are beginning now between the Place de la Bourse and the South Station. Recoating works. The boulevards are empty and the tramways alone are kept into circulation. Other views of the works.
The works are finished long before the planned dates and in 9 days the boulevards completely recoated with asphalt. Now the traffic is normal again between the North Station and the South Station.
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Background: How to cut down the time spent on road works is accented by a method now in full use in the city of Brussels.
Instead of weeks and weeks of traffic diversions and general inconvenience to everyone, only eleven days will be needed to complete the operation "tapis" - carpet - on the Brussels boulevards between the North Station and the South Station, a distance of about 4 kilometres.
Five terms are working to replace the macadam surfacing of the central boulevards, and, even so, this is to need considerable traffic re-routing and inconvenience to shopkeepers and other citizens.
Large mechanical ploughs are in action slashing the old surface into fragments which can then be scooped away by huge mechanical shovels.
Common to every country, the customary crowd of "hole gazers" assembles to watch operations.
Our cameraman was around when work was in programs on the Place de la Bourse and the boulevard towards South Station. All traffic has gone with the exception of the trams, which continue to function on their tracks.
Re-surfacing with asphalt proceeds and well ahead of schedule the thoroughfare is opened up again to traffic between North and South stations.