On 14 of July 2014 the new peak hour lane on the E19 Antwerpen-Breda between Kleine Bareel and St-Job-in’t-Goor was opened. It means that the formal hard shoulder is transformed into a vehicle lane by means of dynamic lane management. The peak hour lane is opened on working days between 14.00h and 20.00h. On Friday it opens already at 12.00h.r
In the past every evening there was congestion on the E19 between the Antwerp ring road and the exit St-Job-in’t- Goor in the direction of the Netherlands. There was also a spill back of the congestion on the Antwerp ring road. By consequence the traffic on the Antwerp motorway ring road to the harbour of Antwerp was disturbed. By implementing an additional permanent lane between the ring road and the exit Kleine Bareel and by transforming the hard shoulder into a peak hour lane between Kleien Bareel and Sint-Job-in’t-Goor this congestion problem should be resolved.
One additional lane was added to the E19 starting from the Antwerp ring road till Kleine Bareel in the direction of Breda. From Kleine Bareel the hard shoulder was transferred into a peak hour lane till SInt-Job-in’t-Goor. VMS were implemented above the lanes. The VMS are used to open and close the lane (green arrow versus red corss). The VMS also allow harmonising speed on this section. Additionally CCTV are installed along the whole section. The CCTV allows the traffic operator to check prior to opening the lane if vehicles or objects are present on the lane (in that case the lane remains closed).