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Old November 7th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #8281
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plans to reduce the A656 to alternating 2+0 (yes, one lane per direction!) for up to a year

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AADT of A656 in the affected section is 63,700 for work days.
I hope they have a good detour strategy in place. That kind of traffic is *way* too much for a 2-0 system. Even at half that volume you could get backups.
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Old November 8th, 2015, 04:15 PM   #8282
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Even at half that volume you could get backups.
The B535 has half the AADT of the A656 in its 1+1 sections today.

1-2 km backups at either end of the A656 going into Mannheim and Heidelberg respectively, as well as congestion at AK Mannheim (to A6) and AK Heidelberg (to A5) are the norm during rush hour anyway. Central Heidelberg to Central Mannheim and vice-versa takes between 30 and 40 minutes for 20 km during rush hour; commuter trains between either main station are twice as fast.

The planned detour concept takes about 7600 cars off the A656 between Mannheim and the construction site, moving 7500 of these towards the B535 (AADT +9% -> 33,000, expand to 2+2) and A6 (AADT +9% -> 83,600 on 2+2). Between Heidelberg and the construction site, some 11800 cars would be taken off the A656, with 2700 of these moved to various local 1+1 roads, 1400 to the 2+2 B535 and 5500 to the A6 (southbound wider area traffic). The difference between traffic numbers on either side is due to AS MA-Seckenheim west of the construction site, which can maintain its function for Mannheim-bound, but not for Heidelberg-bound cars.

Through traffic will receive detour information through electronic displays at AK Walldorf, AK Weinheim and AK Viernheim.

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Old November 9th, 2015, 08:11 PM   #8283
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From this day on trucks from 3,5 ton untill 40 ton can use the Schiersteiner Brücke, part of the A643 between Wiesbaden and Mainz. Since february this year it was not possible for trucks to use this bridge with this weight after an accident happened. Now they have realised some buttress construction. The Schiersteiner Brücke is the bridge over the Rhine river, border between Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate.

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Old November 12th, 2015, 12:08 AM   #8284
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B road widenings:
I can't post a link, but I believe they are also widening the B173 east of Hof in Bavaria. Should be ready mid december.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 09:50 PM   #8285
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I can't post a link, but I believe they are also widening the B173 east of Hof in Bavaria. Should be ready mid december.
I read about it earlier this year but there's no info that it will feature 3 lanes after completion ("B road widening" = additional lanes). The road had a width of 5.5m only. I guess it will have 8m after completion.

April 2015; November 2015; "Project page"; OSM

I googled again and only found a 2013 article about B173 widening west of Hof (OSM).
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The official groundbreaking ceremony will be next Monday though. There's a large map of the bypass: > click <. The bypass will feature 3 lanes (2+1).

B85: AS Neubäu-West – AS Neubäu-East 4.0km (November 2015 to 2018) [1st c/w] – projectmap
A press release announced that the bypass will be opened "between Late 2018 and Mid of 2019". Total costs: 19 million €. Actual AADT: 6,500 vehicles/day, thereof 1,000 trucks.


B51: AS Münster-Warendorfer Straße (B481) – AS Münster-Wolbecker Straße 2.7km (June 2015 to Late 2018) – ? – map

There's a new project page: http://www.strassen.nrw.de/projekte/...-muenster.html.



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The Federal Minister of Transport, Mr. Dobrindt (CSU party) answered that the A1 b/n AK Lotte/Osnabrück and AS Lengerich will be funded by PPP (and the replacement of 3 bridges is already u/c since June 2015), B481 and B66 could get funding if building permits are really on hand.

The Higher Administrative Court Münster has ordered "Sofortvollzug" meanwhile. That means, the appeals are just about a minior issue and the construction works could already begin because the appeal purpose is not directly affected. The Federal Ministry of Transport granted funding (~ 50 million €). See press release.

The state's road authority, Straßen.NRW, is happy that the funding for the entire bypass (B51 section is already u/c since June 2015) is available now: 98.2 million €. B481 construction works will begin in 2016 (source).

The B481 section (2-laned, partial 2+1) of the Münster bypass is announced to be "completed by the end of the decade in best case" (source).

The complaint about the plan approval order for the B66 section south of Bielefeld has been withdrawn and the construction works should be funded soon and begin in 2016 (source and source). The plan approval order was passed in March 2015. It will feature 2x2 lanes and will have 2 grade-separated interchanges.

B66: AS Leopoldshöhe-Rollkrug – AS Leopoldshöhe-Asemissen 2.1km (2016 to 2018?) – ? – map


The plan approval order of the B66 Barntrup bypass is still challenged but got "Sofortvollzug" now. The construction works are funded (source; 6km; 26 million €; plan approval order: December 2011; map). It's about 40km east of Bielefeld.
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Old November 14th, 2015, 12:57 PM   #8287
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Interesting, that means B481 will be extended south to Münster. It currently ends at A1 near Greven.
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Correct. L587 will be rededicated b/n the bypass and A1 AS Greven (~10km).
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B49 Limburg - Wetzlar

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B49: Deponie Beselich – Beselich/Merenberg 3.4km (May 2011 to 2018) – 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.
An additional section of about 1km near Oberbiel is 2x2 in service since 29th September 2015 (map). The 1.2km stretch (map) between both opened sections is still suspended (complained), there are only ongoing works at AS Solms (map) where only one carriageway is in service. The 300m stretch opened a year ago is here. According to the project page, section no. 11 should be completed by the end of 2017.

Some pics taken by brummsch, published on autobahn-online.de:

300m stretch in service (east of i/c Oberbiel-East):





I/C Oberbiel-East not yet u/c:



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~1km Stretch which has been opened on 29th September 2015:





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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
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How do you know? I wrote "that day/month." Maybe on the same day, it should be possible right?
Well, it's possible and..... it's planned now!

Both A14 sections are planned to be opened on 21st December 2015 (source; 12th November 2015).

A14: AK Schwerin – AS Grabow 14.4km (November 2012 to 21st December 2015) – ? – map
A14: AS Groß Warnow – AS Karstädt 10.8km (October 2013 to 21st December 2015) – projectmap
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Old November 15th, 2015, 08:32 PM   #8292
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Very good! :-)

Another question, wat do you know about Bad Liebenwerda bypass (B183?) I've read an article which announces a part of it will open next month, but I'm not sure of it. Lausitzer Rundschau published the news this weekend.
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I found the article on Saturday but one has to login for reading the whole article . I googled but couldn't find any other news about it. I've no idea what "1st part of the bypass" means. Maybe just a crossroads? A bridge over the future bypass?

The bypass was announced to be opened in 2018 (source).
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A33 Osnabrück - Bielefeld

A33: AD Osnabrück-North (A1) – AS Belm (B51) 9.2km (>= 2020 to >= 2027) – projectmap

To be opened 2027 or later. Residents and Greens fight against the Autobahn. Nevertheless, the road authority is struggeling hard. A news article reports about a recently happened roadshow.

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Wer in der Nähe von Fledermäusen wohnt, hat Glück: Da ist eine Kombination aus Lärmschutz und Fledermausschutz möglich.
Wer keine Fledermäuse in der Nachbarschaft hat und im Außenbereich wohnt, hat kaum Chancen auf Lärmschutzwände.

Who lives next to bats strike it lucky: A combination of noise protection and bat protection is possible.
Living in outskirt areas which are not next to bats, there's almost no chance for noise protection.
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A33: AS Belm (B51) – south of AS Osnabrück-Schinkel 2.2km (February 2015 to Late 2019) – projectmap
I think it's still on schedule. A33 from Schinkel to Borgholzhausen is in service.

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A33: AS Borgholzhausen – AS Halle 8.6km (December 2012 to 2019) – projectmap
Late 2019...

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A33: AS Halle – Halle-Künsebeck 4.0km (December 2012 to 2018) – projectmap
Late 2018...

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A33: AS Halle-Künsebeck – AS Bielefeld-Center 7.9km (September 2009 to Late 2016) – projectmap
Road surface will be completed by late 2016 but noise protection barriers, signs, posts, veterinary fences and road markings will be completed by late 2017...

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AADT 2010 (source):

AK Hegau (A81) – Übergang bei AK Hegau von A81 21400 / 2204 (10,3%)
AS Steißlingen (B34) – AS Radolfzell am Bodensee (B34) 20900 / 1400 (6,7%)
AS Radolfzell am Bodensee (B34) – Reichenau (K6170) 21700 / 1584 (7,3%)
Reichenau (K6170) – Allensbach (K6170) 26300 / 2236 (8,5%)
Allensbach (K6170) – Reichenau (L221) 28300 / 1585 (5,6%)
Reichenau (L221) – Konstanz, bridge North 25000 / 1375 (5,5%)
Konstanz bridge North – border to Schwitzerland 15400 / 785 (5,1%)

The existing 18km B33 section b/n AK Hegau (A81/A98) and Allensbach-West was even formerly signed as A881 (OSM). The magenta sections are still 2-laned and have at-grade intersections.
The planning procedure began in 1969. The route decision was made by the Federal Ministry of Transport in 1978. But there was a conflict about the route from 1986 to 1999 (source).

The plan approval order for the upgrade of the remaining 10.8km section b/n Allensbach-West and the airfield at the western Konstanz city boundary was finally passed in July 2007 (OSM).
The future B33 will feature 4-lanes on the existing route and will be grade-separated. It contains three tunnels with a length of 970m, 700m and 450m.

Source: Südkurier (January 2011).

The complaints were cancelled and the works on the first of eight sections began in September 2009. It's section F1 b/n Reichenau and Konstanz. The section has a length of 850 meters and was completed in November 2012.

Source: Südkurier (November 2012)

The pic shows the crossroads with the western Konstanz tangent at the end of the future expressway.

The estimated costs for the entire project were about 140 million € (13 million €/km) in January 2011 which is why the estimated completion was set 'not until 2020'. It was planned to complete section F2 until 2013 and to tender section C1 and C2 in 2011.

The works on section F2 have finally been started this month (source). The 900m section (including i/c Reichenau) costs 15 million €. The estimated completion is late 2016.

There is no information about section A to E.
The funding of sections A, B and E was approved in July 2015 (61 million €). The official groundbreaking ceremony took place last week. There's a lot of info in the media but there's no project page. Info is often conflicting and I'm not sure if my data is correct but the status should be as follows:

B33: AS Allensbach-West – AS Allensbach-Center 3.6km (November 2015 to 2019) – ? – map [section A+B]
B33: AS Allensbach-Center – AS Allensbach-East 2.0km (? to 2026) – ? – map [section C]
B33: AS Allensbach-East – Hegne 2.0km (? to 2026) – ? – map [section D]
B33: Hegne – Waldsiedlung 1.4km (Mid 2017 to Late 2020) – ? – map [section E]

B33: Waldsiedlung – AS Reichenau 0.9km (June 2014 to Late 2017) – ? – map [section F2]
B33 AS Reichenau – Landeplatz 0.9km (September 2009 to 19th November 2012) - ? - OSM [section F1]

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,...

btw: "source no. 8" contains a list of all projects which have been funded in July 2015 with estimated dates of construction begin (2015-18) and competion (<= 2022). Data is also often conflicting to media reports or road authority statements. I think it's sometimes with or without preliminary works, with or without remaining works after opening, e.g. ecological compensation measure or just wrong. Note: The list was not yet proofread (blue note on the pdf file). That means data could be corrected soon.
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That crossroads looks like an ideal location for a roundabout. Why are they still not building (big) roundabouts in this country?
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I hate multi-lane roundabouts. Too confusing.
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Turbo roundabouts are much better than multi-lane roundabouts. Turbo roundabouts have much more predictable traffic patterns and the available capacity is much better used than with two-lane roundabouts (not counting much larger traffic circles)
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Old November 23rd, 2015, 05:27 PM   #8300
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I noticed they started making more turbo roundabouts here, even if not every entry has a turbo one, but the ones that have more traffic.
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