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Old February 24th, 2016, 01:02 AM   #8481
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How old is that bridge?
51 years (built 1962-65).
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Old February 24th, 2016, 09:20 PM   #8482
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I cannot imagine what'd happen if they had to close it. That's the only bridge between Cologne and Düsseldorf. It's absolutely vital.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 10:15 PM   #8483
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I think it's even the busiest stretch of the entire A1 from Heiligenhafen to Saarbrücken.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 11:36 PM   #8484
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I think it's even the busiest stretch of the entire A1 from Heiligenhafen to Saarbrücken.
no, it is one of 3 hotspots of the A1

- Köln (this one)
- Dortmund (overlay eastwest -northsouth)
- Hamburg (city crossing)

http://autobahnatlas-online.de/Verke...nkarte2010.pdf
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Old February 25th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #8485
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It is actually the busiest stretch though with 119.400 vehicles/day (Dortmund tops at 102.500, Hamburg gets closer with 117.500).
http://www.wegenwiki.nl/A1_(Duitslan...sintensiteiten
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Old February 25th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #8486
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I cannot imagine what'd happen if they had to close it. That's the only bridge between Cologne and Düsseldorf. It's absolutely vital.
It's not like there weren't any alternative routes, like A3/A4 Kölner Ring or even A46 / A57 via Wuppertal and Düsseldorf.
Of course, these routes will be even more busy than they already are resulting in extreme congestion.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 03:31 PM   #8487
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That's the problem indeed, most of these routes are already operating near capacity.

I wonder if this has any impact on the other nearby bridges, which are now used by a higher volume of trucks, perhaps shortening their service life? Especially the Mülheimer Brücke is already in a deteriorated condition (it was built in 1951).
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Old February 25th, 2016, 09:25 PM   #8488
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It's not like there weren't any alternative routes, like A3/A4 Kölner Ring or even A46 / A57 via Wuppertal and Düsseldorf.
Of course, these routes will be even more busy than they already are resulting in extreme congestion.
That's what, a 50km detour?
Maybe not a big deal for a 1,000km truck ride. More of an issue for your daily commute.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 04:45 PM   #8489
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There has been no border crossing for over 26 years, but the border still exists: Baustellen / No Baustellen.


A pass through the Leutra Valley has gone.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 04:48 PM   #8490
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Are these your videos? You deactivated embbeding and then you embed videos?
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Old February 26th, 2016, 05:59 PM   #8491
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No, not mine. Avatars are an odd coincidence.
Something had to be bungled.
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Old February 27th, 2016, 09:21 PM   #8492
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A99 München

Merkur reports that all bridges and underpasses along the planned A99 widening will have to be demolished and rebuild, because they do not conform to modern load capacity standards, despite the fact that this segment of A99 is only 41-43 years old.

http://www.merkur.de/lokales/muenche...n-6160468.html

This seems like a huge disappointment, as A99 was one of the very few Autobahnen in Germany with a wide median and bridges already wide enough to support an additional lane. This would result in a much longer construction time than under a no-replacement scenario.





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Old February 27th, 2016, 09:28 PM   #8493
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while that's bad news, the immediate adjacent artikel on Merkur is perhaps more concerning :o

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Mannheim - Um eine zweckentfremdete Salatgurke dreht sich ein kurioser Prozess in Mannheim. Ein Paar hatte das Gemüse beim Liebesspiel eingesetzt - mit tödlichen Folgen.
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Old February 27th, 2016, 10:29 PM   #8494
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all bridges and underpasses along the planned A99 widening will have to be demolished and rebuild, because they do not conform to modern load capacity standards
This is the perfect paradox of the legal fraimework of modern infrastructures. A structure is considered perfectly safe to stay open for traffic, basically because someone assessed it 40 years earlier (and the structure is not failing meanwhile). The very same structure is then considered unsafe only because the legal process was updated, while the structure itself is still in perfect order.

I understand that sooner or later technical standards must be upgraded, but with stuff already in place there should be some flexibility, as long as we are within some safe limits... and if we're not, then it should mean the whole structure is already unsafe.

[I assume that the issue here is the amount of load per lane]
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Old February 28th, 2016, 10:45 AM   #8495
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Merkur reports that all bridges and underpasses along the planned A99 widening will have to be demolished and rebuild, because they do not conform to modern load capacity standards, despite the fact that this segment of A99 is only 41-43 years old.
"Fast alle Brücken müssen abgerissen werden" --> Not all bridges but almost all bridges. It's planned to upgrade 18.6km A99 Munich ring from 2x3 to 2x4 lanes b/n AK Munich-North and AS Haar (south of A94).

The construction of the northernmost section from AK Munich-North to AS Ismaning/Aschheim is announced to be started in August 2016 (7.3km; map; preliminary works are already ongoing). The announced completion date is 2019. The estimated costs were 60 million € but the renewing of the bridges will cost additional 80 million €. The current AADTw is about 140,000 vehicles/day, up to 150,000 vehicles/day during holiday traffic. The predicted 2030 AADT is 170,000 vehicles/day, thereof 30,000 heavy traffic. The section already has temporary shoulder running. I read years ago that it should be active after the upgrade again.
Press release from 26th January 2016, news article from 8th February 2016 and news article which has previously been posted by ChrisZwolle.

A demage of the Isar bridge was detected last Tuesday. The mostern-right lane and shoulder lane were closed till the repair was completed on Friday afternoon. Press release from 23rd February and from 26th February 2016.

The plan approval procedure for the upgrade of the next section (I'm not sure I think it's from AS Ismaning/Aschheim till north of the A94 interchange) is announced to begin in 2017. The last section with "advanced planning activity" is from this section boundary to AS Haar. Map.

In addition, it was recently reported that the A99 Allach tunnel (map) should get a 3rd tube just south of the existing tubes. But it will take minimum 10 to 15 years. AADT is about 118,000 vehicles/day on 2x3 lanes. The first step to relieve the section could be a temporary shoulder running. Planning activity has not yet started but it could be activated within 2, 3 or 4 years. Souce from 19th February 2016.

As mentioned earlier on this thread, the widening of almost all A99 sections was submitted for the new federal demand plan (BVWP 2015). The gap south of Munich will remain.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 10:50 AM   #8496
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It's announced that the draft of the new BVWP 2015 will be presented on 16th March 2016 (source from 24th February and from 27th February 2016).

It will be presented to the Traffic Commission of the Bundestag on 16th March. I hope it will also be published for public / on internet that day.......
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A448 Bochum

A448: rededication AD Bochum-West – AS Bochum-South 5.0km (Mid 2015) – projectmap
A448: rededication AS Bochum-South – AS Altenbochum (West) 1.8km (Mid 2018) – projectmap
A448: AS Altenbochum (West) – AS Altenbochum (East) 1.9km (October 2012 to Mid 2018) – projectmap
A448: AS Altenbochum (East) – AK Bochum/Witten 1.4km (October 2012 to Late 2016) – projectmap

The completion of the latter is delayed by Summer 2017. See news article from 21st February 2016.
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A661: AS Frankfurt-Friedberger Landstraße – AS Frankfurt-East 2.2km (November 2007 to Late 2016) [2nd c/w] – projectmap

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The project includes the construction of the 2nd A661 carriageway which began in November 2007. The construction of the A66/A661 interchange also began later on which is required for the tunnel construction.
I forgot that the A661 completion date is late 2017 according to the project page (it was already delayed to late 2017 in June 2015 but I couldn't find any reason for the delay. I thought that the opening could be on time but remaining works after the opening could last till the end of 2017. But the 2nd carriageway is required for a tunnel construction phase ("Baustraße") which means, the opening of the 2nd A661 carriageway must also be delayed due to the A66 tunnel construction delay - maybe it's even delayed to 2018 or 2019 or...).


That means, the following Autobahn or Autobahn-like projects are expected to be completed in 2016:

A23: south of Stör bridge – AS Itzehoe-South 2.0km (2010 to 30th June 2016) – projectmap
B535: AS Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld – AS Schwetzingen-Center 1.9km (December 2010 to Mid 2016) [2nd c/w] – projectmap
B33: AS Offenburg-Zunsweier – AS Gengenbach-North 2.8km (October 2010 to September 2016) – ? – map

The three projects are not new road projects but upgrades of existing roads only.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 02:47 PM   #8499
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That's what, a 50km detour?
Maybe not a big deal for a 1,000km truck ride. More of an issue for your daily commute.
In that case I suggest taking the zoo bridge with a lot of patience.

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Italian media are giving news about Baden-Württemberg experimenting with 120 km/h limits on previously limit-free stretches of Autobahn (A96 and A81). They're also reporting Berlin's dissatisfaction, given the fact that Länder should have no saying in this matter, since Autobahnen belong to the State, not the Land.
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