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Old February 21st, 2015, 08:13 PM   #7621
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B49 Limburg - Wetzlar

B49: Deponie Beselich – Beselich/Merenberg 3.4km (May 2011 to Late 2017) – projectmap
B49: Solms – AS Oberbiel-East 3.2km (May 2010 to Early 2015) – projectmap

The existing 2x2 B49 near Oberbiel was extended by about 300m since December 2014. The rest of the 3.2km section no. 11 is mostly in u/c but there's a 1200m stretch in the middle where no works are in progress. Well, the project page announces a completion delay to 2016. The updated completion date of section no. 3 is 2018.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 01:41 PM   #7622
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Main bridge Stockstadt collapse on 30th August 1988

The A3 east of Frankfurt was widened to 2x3 lanes. The bridge over the river Main at Stockstadt near Aschaffenburg was built in 1958. The reconstruction began in 1987. Due to a design error, the bridge collapsed during the construction on 30th August 1988. Shipping on river Main was blocked for a longer time (it happened prior to the completion of the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal Rotterdam (NL) - Constanta (RO)).

source: brueckenweb.de (more pics and info)

The bridge features four carriageways with 10 lanes (plus 2 hard shoulders) since its completion in 1991, see OSM.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 09:04 PM   #7623
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A40 Rhine bridge near Duisburg is damaged too

The next Rhine bridge has a problem. The 777m A40 Rhine bridge near Duisburg has a similar problem like the A1 Rhine bridge near Leverkusen (welding lines must be reinforced). The number of lanes is reduced from 6 to 4 lanes since October 2014. It will be reduced to 1 lane towards Essen. Maybe the opposite direction must be reduced to 1 lane too. In addition, the bridge will be temporarily closed for trucks > 3.5t (for 5 weeks). The AADT is about 100,000 vehicles/day, thereof 11,000 trucks. It's planned to rebuilt the entire bridge. See press release.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 09:53 PM   #7624
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Bei elf Trägern sind aktuell starke Risse festgestellt worden.

That sounds pretty serious. Cracks have been found in 11 beams.

This bridge hasn't been in the news as much as the Leverkusen Rhine Bridge, I wonder how fast they can replace this bridge.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:43 AM   #7625
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Bei elf Trägern sind aktuell starke Risse festgestellt worden.

That sounds pretty serious. Cracks have been found in 11 beams.

This bridge hasn't been in the news as much as the Leverkusen Rhine Bridge, I wonder how fast they can replace this bridge.
The basic rule of thumb is: small bridge 1 year, big bridge 2 years and a very big bridge 3 years.

This matches with the plans related to the A1 bridge at Leverkusen: construction start 2017 and complete 2020.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 02:01 PM   #7626
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So the Bavarians got their way and tolls applies from next year onwards. Ah well, a maximum of 130 euros per year is not the end of the world....
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Old February 27th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #7627
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Der Spiegel reports that the European Commission has concluded that the toll breaks EU law (in German): http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutsc...a-1020850.html
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Is that likely to stop them?
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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #7629
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I've seen a caricature today. It shows the Bundestag. A politician (I guess from CSU party) preaches 'Greek must stop their nonsensical election pledge'. A guy in the audience is amazed: 'Ahh, haven't known Dobrindt and Seehofer are Greek'.
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This bridge hasn't been in the news as much as the Leverkusen Rhine Bridge, I wonder how fast they can replace this bridge.
It's in a very early planning stage. Maybe by 2025 or later (source). It's in service since 1970 - 5 years later than A1 Leverkusen Rhine bridge.

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This matches with the plans related to the A1 bridge at Leverkusen: construction start 2017 and complete 2020.
Just the bridge of the 1st carriageway. The 2nd bridge is announced to be built 2021 to 2023.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:29 PM   #7631
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Is that likely to stop them?

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Nach dem Jahr 2025 könne die neue A40-Rheinquerung bereitstehen, hieß es zuletzt vage. Bis dahin muss das alte 777 Meter lange Bauwerk halten, irgendwie.
Nach dem Jahr 2025 könne die neue A40-Rheinquerung bereitstehen, hieß es zuletzt vage. Bis dahin muss das alte 777 Meter lange Bauwerk halten, irgendwie.

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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:31 PM   #7632
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:53 PM   #7633
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List of German Rhine Autobahn bridges

A42 Duisburg-North (1986-90) Info & Pics AADT2010: 62.500 (6.625 trucks); 2x3
A40 Duisburg-Center (1966-71) Info & Pics AADT2010: 91.500 (11.712 trucks); 2x3, temporarily 2x2, 2x4 widening planned
A44 Düsseldorf-North (1998-02) Info & Pics AADT2010: 57.400 (3.387 trucks); 2x3
A46 Düsseldorf-South (1976-79) Info & Pics AADT2010: 75.700 (7.267 trucks); 2x3
A1 Leverkusen/Cologne-North (1962-65) Info & Pics AADT2010: 119.400 (14.089 trucks); 2x3, 2x4 widening planned
A4 Colgne-South (1938-41) Info & Pics AADT2010: 120.500 (12.773 trucks); 2x3, 2x4 widening proposed
A565 Bonn-North (1964-67) Info & Pics AADT2010: 106.500 (5.645 trucks); 2x3
A562 Bonn-South (1967-72) Info & Pics AADT2010: 58.400 (1.402 trucks); 2x3
A48 Koblenz (1960-65) Info & Pics AADT2010: 60.400 (6.402 trucks); 2x2
A643 Mainz-West/Wiesbaden (1959-62) Info & Pics AADT2010: 77.300 (5.875 trucks); 2x2, 2x3 widening u/c
A60 Mainz-East (1960-62) Info & Pics AADT2010: 87.300 (7.421 trucks); 2x3
A6 Mannheim-North/Ludwigshafen-North (1938-64?) Info & Pics AADT2010: 56.900 (6.714 trucks); 2x2, 2x3 widening planned
A61 Speyer (1971-75) Info & Pics AADT2010: 50.300 (10.211 trucks); 2x2, 2x3 widening planned
A5 Mulhouse (1977-79) Info & Pics AADT2010: 13.300 (3.551 trucks); 2x2
A861 Rheinfelden (2003-06) Info & Pics AADT2010: ?; 2x2

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Thanks. And now in English please.
It could maybe be completed after 2025. The existing bridge must be used until then.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 08:50 PM   #7635
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A4, Aachen-Cologne

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New tarmac and interesting signs on A4.
Showing the German version of the so-called "Tree of the years" vote ("Baum des Jahres").
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Old A4 after opening Jena tunnel.





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Old February 28th, 2015, 01:28 AM   #7639
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Old A4 after opening Jena tunnel.

No more overtaking almost everyone on cruise control up the hill
Hilly motorways are always more fun to drive than flat, wide and new one
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Der Spiegel reports that the European Commission has concluded that the toll breaks EU law (in German): http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutsc...a-1020850.html
Prove that Germans act and are supported in a very "nationalistic" way despite of being a major EU "integration" country.
I would be very curious to see, how would Germans react if, per example, Poles would make them pay a "special foreigners taxes" - as they are doing themselves right now.
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No more overtaking almost everyone on cruise control up the hill
Hilly motorways are always more fun to drive than flat, wide and new one
Yeah, I used to love driving in old hilly and curvy RAB - before they "corrected" them to new wide, no more hilly and straight portions - especially A4 near Eisenach and (still) A8. Even when riding "only" 120 km/h you feel like a race driver . There is also these stretches by Kassel and by Hof that are nice .
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