Roadworks in the port

The port's accessibility is important to companies, customers and employees. To optimise this accessibility, roadworks are planned over the coming months in and around the port area which may cause some disruption in the short term. Here we present a list of the main projects, to help you reduce the impact on goods transport and commuter traffic.

List of roadworks in the port area.

Attention! the websites containing more info on the roadworks are referred to in the links below yet are only available in Dutch.

Roadworks on the Scheldelaan between Lillo and Zandvliet


Project: Construction of new high-voltage wiring under the Scheldelaan (Elia Brabo-project& renovation of entire road surface on the Scheldelaan between Lillo and Zandvliet (Roads and Traffic Agency). 


  • 11 March 2017: start with placement pedestrian bridge at BASF plant for crossing the Scheldelaan;
  • April 2017: AWV roadworks;
  • Expected to finish in April 2018.

Wharf zone: Scheldelaan heading towards the Netherlands between the North Sea Terminal and the Lillo interchange - traffic running in one direction only (towards Antwerp).

More info on the roadworks (website in Dutch)

View the diversions

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Roadworks for the green energy project ECLUSE

 Project: Ecluse is the project to replace the existing energy systems of the various chemical companies on the left bank of the Scheldt. This steam network will generally run alongside the Geslecht and Ketenislaan in Doel. 

 Period: 6 February 2017 - December 2017, duration ± 10 months

More info on the roadworks (website in Dutch)

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Resurfacing and drain replacement on the Kastelweg road

Project: Replacing drains and re-laying the road surface along the Kastelweg near the 5th port dock in assigment of Antwerp Port Authority. The cobbled surface will be replaced with asphalt, with a separate two-lane cycle track.

Period: 24 April until end 2017

Diversion: traffic on the Kastelweg will be interrupted in phases, during which there will be no through traffic. However, local companies can still be accessed by the Zwarte Weg or Scheldelaan roads.

 Download the info & diversion sheet

Roadworks from Sint-Antoniusweg (R2 motorway) to Waasland Port North 

Construction of the Diamond Interchange with two four-arm junctions, parallel slip roads (on the R2 motorway) and a bridge over the R2. The project will upgrade the existing roundabout and enable it to handle the increased traffic volume.

Period: 19 April  2017 - end of September 2019 (work conducted in six stages to minimise traffic disruption).

More info on the roadworks (website in Dutch)

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Roadworks on the R2 motorway/Scheldelaan

Redevelopment of the Scheldelaan interchange (upgrading of slip roads on the R2 motorway) and re-laying of the road surface of the R2 between the Liefkenshoek tunnel and the Tijsmans tunnel.

Period: 1 July 2017 – 1 September 2017

More info on the roadworks (website in Dutch)

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Roadworks for the Northern Line project (Noorderlaan/Leien)

Northern Line project (Brabo 2)


Project: Connecting the North of Antwerp in different phases by dding a tram connection and redeveloping a number of important traffic hubs in the city. The aim of these impactfull roadworks is improving road use and safety for other road users, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The roadworks on the Northern Line will take place on 3 areas in the city: North Leien area, in the Eilandje neighbourhood and on the Noorderlaan. The traffic in the Port of Antwerp will be most affected by the roadworks on the Noorderlaan. Access via the Leien will be temporarily cut off, traffic will have to follow local detours.

Period: March 2016 - July 2019

More info on the Northern Line project (website in Dutch)

View an up-to-date list of the roadworks (website in Dutch)

Download accessibility maps for the roadworks (website in Dutch) 

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Redevelopment of the Noorderlaan


Project: full redevelopment of the Noorderlaan to lay a new 2km tram line from the crossroads with the Groenendaallaan until just before the crossroads with the Ekersesteenweg. A new Park & Ride facility for 250 cars will be built beside the A12-Noorderlaan junction. A service road will be constructed for traffic serving the businesses on the west side of the Noorderlaan.

Period: January 2016 - spring 2017

View the plans and the status of the Noorderlaan roadwork (website in Dutch)

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Resurfacing work on Noorderlaan: Leien boulevards closed - Port traffic to avoid Exit 1 Merksem


Project: resurfacing of Operaplein square and F. Rooseveltplaats square, construction of a new underground car park and a new car tunnel.

Impact on traffic in the port: The roadworks are extensive and will affect the accessibility of the port. Additional traffic will have to take alternative routes, such as the Ring and Singel roads. The Merksem interchange is liable to be particularly busy, and so traffic to and from the southern part of the port area is advised to go via the Ekeren interchange instead.

Period of the work on the Leien: 5 June 2017 - December 2018.

Period of the work on Fr. Rooseveltplaats:  5 June 2017 - June 2019. The work will be carried out in 4 phases so as to affect public transport as little as possible. 


  • HAVEN 47-426 (pink zone on map): Traffic for this area in the port (south) should avoid exit Merksem (Exit 1 Ring Antwerpen) and ideally takes Exit 16 Ekeren on the A12 highway.
  • HAVEN 427-601 (green zone on map): Traffic for this area in the port (middle) ideally takes exits Kanaaldok B1-B2 (Exit 13 on R2 highway) or Lillo (Exit 12 on R2 highway).
  • HAVEN 602-999 (blue zone on map): Traffic for this area in the port (north) ideally uses the Stabroek Interchange (Exit 13 on A12 highway) to reach the even numbers or the Zandvliet Interchange (Exit 11 on A12) for the odd numbers.

Download the diversion plan


Eilandje neighbourhood: The London bridge is closed until September 2017


Project: Construction of tramlines on the new London bridge within the scope of the roadworks on the Northern Line.

Period: 8 August 2016 - September 2017


Road traffic from the north travelling to the Kaaien can go via the Vosseschijnstraat. Traffic coming from the Leien can access the Kaaien via the Brouwersvliet (see diversion plan).

Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the London bridge until March 2017. Once the bridge is closed to them, they will be able to cross via a temporary pontoon bridge by the Willem dock.

More information about the roadworks

Download the diversion plan

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Definitive closure of the IJzerlaan bridge to road traffic: 2nd stage of the IJzerlaan project


Project: Development of a new carriageway on the south side of the IJzerlaan and replacement of the IJzerlaan bridge with a new cycle and pedestrian bridge.

The IJzerlaan will be given a new road profile and once the roadworks are complete it will seamlessly connect with the Slachthuislaan, enabling better connection between the Noorderlaan and the Singel.

Period: 28 November 2016 - summer 2017

Diversion:  Passenger vehicles and goods vehicles can follow the recommended route via the Groenendaallaan and Noorderlaan. Cyclists and pedestrians can still use the bridge.

View the diversion plan

More info about the redevelopment of the IJzerlaan

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Other wharfs in Antwerp

In 2017, roadworks are also planned in the city of Antwerp and on the access roads to the port.

Download the map of the Antwerp city wharfs for 2016-2017.


Up-to-date info (via tweets) about roadworks, temporary traffic disruption and traffic information for Antwerp and the port (source: Twitter):