19.08.2015 MINISTER BEN WEYTS ACTIVATES TEMPORARY WEIR IN HARELBEKE


Since today the Leie flows trough a temporary weir in Harelbeke.

Now that the temporary weir is operational, the old weir can be demolished and be rebuilt.
This temporary weir is necessary so the inland shipping can continue during the works. With a push on the button, minister Ben Weyts has put the weir into action.

The new lock is part of the realisation of the 'Seine-Scheldt Project' that makes waterways navigable for larger ships and connects our Belgian harbours with Paris. With a lenght of 230m the new lock will be twice as long as the old lock. This last one will be demolished in the spring of 2016.

In 2020 the Leie will be navigable for ships weighing 4500 tons.

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