Credit: ACT

Luxembourg's Roads Administration has announced that the Markusberg tunnel on the A13 motorway will be closed completely to traffic for a testing exercise on Sunday.

On Sunday 25 October 2020, the Roads Administration and the Grand-Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (CGDIS) in collaboration with the Labour and Mines Inspectorate (ITM) and the Grand Ducal Police are jointly organising a full-scale exercise for the tunnel staff and the emergency services in the Markusberg tunnel in accordance with current legislation.

The aim of this exercise is to test the equipment and functions of the tunnel and to give the workers the opportunity to train under real conditions in order to be able to intervene effectively during an accident or fire in the tunnel. These tests are essential and compulsory in order to guarantee the safety of tunnel users in the event of such an incident. After the exercise, the Roads Administration will conduct scenario tests. 

For preparatory work, the following road sections will be closed to traffic from 20:00 on Saturday 24 October 2020:

- the access ramp to the Schengen interchange from the N10 (Schengen) and towards Luxembourg from the A13;
- the expressway in the Mondorf tunnel on the A13 towards Schengen.

To carry out the full-scale exercise, the following road sections will be closed from 07:00 until 20:00 on Sunday 25 October 2020:

- the A13 motorway in the direction of Schengen from the Mondorf interchange to the Schengen interchange;
- the A13 motorway towards Pétange from the Schengen interchange to the Mondorf interchange.

Traffic coming from the Bettembourg cross and in the direction of Schengen from the A13 will be diverted from the Mondorf interchange via the N16 (Remich) and the N10 to the Schengen interchange.

Traffic coming from Schengen and in the direction of the Bettembourg cross of the A13 will be diverted from the Schengen interchange via the N10 (Remich), N2 (Bous), N13 (Dalheim) and the N16 until the Altwies interchange.

The A13 between the Schengen interchange and the Mondorf interchange will be blocked in both directions at around 07:00 on Sunday 25 October 2020.