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Old July 30th, 2016, 04:22 PM   #8821
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Jam at Würzburg is currently down to 4 km between Helmstadt and Randersacker (since 2:45 pm, i.e. before going back to more than one lane). Mostly cleared up between 10 am and 11 am after the morning rush.

East of Nürnberg is free (like the entire rest of the A3 southwards), temporary jams near Passau caused by multiple accidents cleared.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 04:52 PM   #8822
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East of Nürnberg is free (like the entire rest of the A3 southwards)
Err... No. 10kms between Oberölsbach and Neumarkt-Ost because of a narrowing to a single lane southbound (Baustelle)
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Old July 31st, 2016, 07:50 PM   #8823
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This project overview for the next major project in the area plans to reduce the A656 to alternating 2+0 (yes, one lane per direction!) for up to a year beginning in late 2016. B535 is mentioned on page 23, as regional southern replacement for the A656. AADT of A656 in the affected section is 63,700 for work days.
Construction site on A656 Friedrichsfeld rail overpass will begin next weekend. 2+1 until end of August, then alternating 2+0 from there until end of 2017. Preparations going on since last week. Construction time will be slow since DB refuses to cancel railway traffic underneath. Project Site with RP Karlsruhe.

B535 2+2 expansion as southern bypass is supposed to be finished just in time for that. Hopefully. Northern bypass - A659 - is hampered by another rail overpass replacement project until end of August. 2017.

Expect some delays especially on A6 and A5.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 08:35 PM   #8824
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For example, the construction time of A46 near Bestwig is now estimated at 9 years. Of course, it has a tall bridge. But the bridge is already completed and yet they take another 2-3 years to complete the actual Autobahn. Why not do that simultaneously? The Millau Viaduct was built in 3 years.
The project manager from Straßen.NRW said: There is no completion date right now. If there would be a completion date, he would not publish it because the project is funded but money is not available every day. For that reason, they always have to ask the Federal Ministry of Transport before awarding contracts. In addition, it's possible that we'll get strong winters.

Source: http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/nach...d12010989.html.
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There was also a significant cost escalation. On the German Wikipedia the cost is estimated at € 35 million, while the Der Westen article talks about € 56 million.

Still not shocking for a large bridge though. The slow progress may have contributed to higher cost as well.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 08:47 PM   #8826
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I don't want to comment the following story about a new German road under construction because it might be censored....


http://www.mz-web.de/landkreis-anhal...-b-6n-24465446

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A number of endangered toads were found to be crossing the planned alignment of the B6n on a regular basis. They now plan to slightly elevate part of the route and build ca. 250 small underpasses (toad-crossings) so that they can cross after the route is built for an additional 10 mio. €
My point was that they really checked alternative routes while construction works already began! If they really would modify the route, minimum a plan supplement procedure would be required. It would take ages...

Animals were counted in 2008 but this kind of toads were not found. Worker saw them in late 2015... The plan approval procedure began in December 2009 and the project was approved in December 2012. There were no complaints or other justified delays, just lack of funding (till July 2015).

They elevate 5km of the road by up to 1.5m for 250 toad tunnels now. The section has a total length of 15km and total costs are 60 instead of 50 million € now. I'm surprised that no plan supplement procedure is required...
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Old August 1st, 2016, 09:14 PM   #8827
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In the last three weeks I drove twice on Saturday and noticed there were hardly any trucks. I knew trucks are not allowed to drive on Sunday in Germany, but wasn't aware of any bans on Saturday? Although during holiday season it does make sense to offer some relieve for the holiday traffic.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 09:17 PM   #8828
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During holiday season trucks (except perishable goods etc.) are forbidden on satudays as well.
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I believe the Saturday driving ban is not the same as the Sunday driving ban, they're only banned from certain routes at certain hours if I'm not mistaken, it's not a blanket truck ban on all roads like Sunday.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 10:07 PM   #8830
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Thanks! Just found this:

https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Ar...reisezeit.html

So it's only in July and August on selected autobahns that are heavily used by holiday traffic.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 10:46 AM   #8831
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B23 Kramertunnel Garmisch

It's planned to build a 2-laned B23 tunnel bypass for Garmisch (map; OSM; tunnel length: 3.6km). It's the western branch from A95 south of Munich to Austria (south of the u/c B2 Oberau bypass tunnel with 2 tubes). In addition, it's planned to build a 2-laned B2 tunnel bypass for Partenkirchen (map). It was annouced in 2010 that both tunnels should be in service for Olympic Games in 2018.

The Raumordnungsverfahren (regional planning procedure, part of EIS) of Kramertunnel was done in 1981/82. It had to be redone (or revised?) in 2007, see project page. The plan approval procedure was done from April 2007 to November 2007 (very quick!). The plan approval order was challenged but the action was dismissed in 2009. Funding was assigned in January 2010 (Baufreigabe) and construction works began in spring 2010. The construction of an exploration tunnel (Erkundungstunnel, to be used as emergency tunnel) began in spring 2011 and was announced to be completed in 2012. It was planned to start the contruction of the "real" tunnel in 2013 but no completion date was announced (because it depends on the result of the exploration works).

Unfortunately, they found unexpected (hydro) geological rocks ("gegenüber den gutachterlichen Prognosen abweichende geologische und hydrogeologische Verhältnisse") in Mid 2012 and had to modify the planning documents because the impact of these conditions was not contained in the 2007 plan approval documents. It was announced that the plan supplement procedure would be completed by 2015 and construction works would be restarted in 2015. It was announced that the tunnel would be opened for traffic in late 2018 at the earliest (press release from Bavarian Ministry of Transport). Total costs: 176 million €. Btw: Garmisch-Partenkirchen did not apply for the Olympic Games because residents didn't want it.

The modified documents are finally completed now and the plan supplement procedure will begin soon (summer 2016), see press release. A news article reports that the plan approval order will be passed in Mid 2017 at the earliest. Afterwards, tender procedure. Construction works could begin in Mid 2019 and the tunnel might be completed in 2024.
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Old August 7th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #8832
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Documentation for the German plan approval of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel to Denmark.

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Old August 7th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #8833
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It will be wonderful when the tunnel is built.
This year there was a cue from the end of the motorway untill the ferry. According to the staff in the scandlines booth the waiting time for a ferry were also up to 1 hour and a half, not counting the time untill you got there.

Luckily I had a auto bizz and he recommended I payed some extra in order to avoid the cue. Though I think you could have payed with a card aswell.
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Old August 7th, 2016, 09:23 PM   #8834
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It's planned to build a 2-laned B23 tunnel bypass for Garmisch (map; OSM; tunnel length: 3.6km). It's the western branch from A95 south of Munich to Austria (south of the u/c B2 Oberau bypass tunnel with 2 tubes). In addition, it's planned to build a 2-laned B2 tunnel bypass for Partenkirchen (map). It was annouced in 2010 that both tunnels should be in service for Olympic Games in 2018.

The Raumordnungsverfahren (regional planning procedure, part of EIS) of Kramertunnel was done in 1981/82. It had to be redone (or revised?) in 2007, see project page. The plan approval procedure was done from April 2007 to November 2007 (very quick!). The plan approval order was challenged but the action was dismissed in 2009. Funding was assigned in January 2010 (Baufreigabe) and construction works began in spring 2010. The construction of an exploration tunnel (Erkundungstunnel, to be used as emergency tunnel) began in spring 2011 and was announced to be completed in 2012. It was planned to start the contruction of the "real" tunnel in 2013 but no completion date was announced (because it depends on the result of the exploration works).

Unfortunately, they found unexpected (hydro) geological rocks ("gegenüber den gutachterlichen Prognosen abweichende geologische und hydrogeologische Verhältnisse") in Mid 2012 and had to modify the planning documents because the impact of these conditions was not contained in the 2007 plan approval documents. It was announced that the plan supplement procedure would be completed by 2015 and construction works would be restarted in 2015. It was announced that the tunnel would be opened for traffic in late 2018 at the earliest (press release from Bavarian Ministry of Transport). Total costs: 176 million €. Btw: Garmisch-Partenkirchen did not apply for the Olympic Games because residents didn't want it.

The modified documents are finally completed now and the plan supplement procedure will begin soon (summer 2016), see press release. A news article reports that the plan approval order will be passed in Mid 2017 at the earliest. Afterwards, tender procedure. Construction works could begin in Mid 2019 and the tunnel might be completed in 2024.
What about the other bottlenecks towards the A95 because right now it's like a patchwork of 2x2 and 2x1 going through villages. I know they are planning at least one other tunnel around one of the towns but what about the rest?
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Old August 8th, 2016, 03:34 PM   #8835
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Expect some delays especially on A6 and A5.
Delays on A656 towards Mannheim (single-lane at construction site) this morning +40 minutes, traffic jam backed up into Heidelberg and onto the A5. Regular drive from Heidelberg to Mannheim at 120 km/h is about 10 minutes.

Single-lane bypass on A656 - at 40 km/h - also got a speed trap installed.

Opposite direction from Mannheim to Heidelberg will be similarly reduced from August 22nd. Expectations are for traffic jams during rush hour backing up into Mannheim and onto the A6 as well then.
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Another fatal truck crash occurred Saturday on A3 east of Nürnberg. There was a traffic jam at the road works at 4 a.m. and a truck plowed full speed into stationary traffic. One family of 3 from France was killed and another German family in the next car was critically injured.



Three similar truck crashes occurred in July, in all three cases a family of four was killed when a truck plowed full speed into stationary traffic at road works. On 18 May a similar crash occured nearby on A6 which also killed a family of four.

I never approach a stationary traffic jam on the right lane in Germany. These massive crashes where trucks plow into traffic jams occur almost on a daily basis. Often only the trucker gets killed when he crashes into the truck ahead, but when there are passenger cars involved, the number of fatalities gets higher.
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What about the other bottlenecks towards the A95 because right now it's like a patchwork of 2x2 and 2x1 going through villages. I know they are planning at least one other tunnel around one of the towns but what about the rest?
There are 4 projects, all include a tunnel. B23 Garmisch bypass and B2 Partenkirchen bypass as mentioned previously.

In addition, B2 Oberau bypass u/c:

B2: AS Oberau-North – AS Oberau-South 4.2km (September 2015 to Late 2021) – projectmap

And B2 Aubergtunnel just north of Oberau:

B2: south of AS Eschenlohe – AS Oberau-North 3.8km (? to ?) – projectmap (plan approval procedure in progress / on hold?)

The latest project info is from October 2011...


All projects are "urgent demand" in the draft* of the BVWP 2030 but the Aubergtunnel is "Weiterer Bedarf mit Planungsrecht" only, that means additional demand. Planning activity allowed but it's not likely** that it's funded in the 2016-2030 period.

*March 2016 and 3rd August 2016 version

*The urgent demand projects are announced to be funded by 2030 although the BVWP is not a funding plan/law. It's sure that the planning procedures of all projects with urgent demand will not be completed by 2030 (or earlier because the road must be constructed to use funding) and (many) projects with lower demand may be funded too. There's also a statement of our beloved Federal Minister of Transport, Mr. Dobrindt, saying what I presume... > click <.
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btw: The BVWP 2030 was revised and recently passed the Federal cabinet. There's a document with all modifications (many projects have higher demand/priority now, some have lower demand, nevertheless, all projects with "urgent demand" should be funded by 2030). Full list of all projects.

The detailled project information system (http://www.bvwp-projekte.de/) is currently off because it's to be updated by early September.


https://www.bundesregierung.de/Conte...plan-2030.html

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Über die Aufnahme der Projekte des BVWP und eventuell weiterer Projekte in die Bedarfspläne der Ausbaugesetze entscheidet der Deutsche Bundestag. Erst damit gilt als gesetzlich festgelegt, welche Verkehrsprojekte mit welcher Dringlichkeit geplant und aus dem Bundeshaushalt finanziert werden sollen.
The BVWP is not a funding program and not a law. It's just the basis for road development laws which contain the final demand/priority. Project funding is from the (annual) federal budget.

There will be a Bundestag hearing about the road development law in fall 2016. The Bundesrat must also approve the law.
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B535 Schwetzingen

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B535: AS Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld – AS Schwetzingen-Center (2x2) 1.9km (December 2010 to Mid December 2015) [2nd c/w] – projectmap
It's reported that it will be completed in Mid 2016, see news article. The railroad bridge was demolished last week, see pics.
It's announced that it's planned to have 4 lanes in service from late June 2016, see press release.
It's announced that it's planned to have 4 lanes in service from August 2016, see news article from 4th June 2016.
The last section of 2x2 B535 was opened as scheduled on 4th August 2016. The 6.3km bypass was built in 6 steps from 2002 to 2016. Total costs: 61 million €. See press release.

B535: AS Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld – AS Schwetzingen-Center 1.9km (December 2010 to 4th August 2016) [2nd c/w] – projectmap
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The construction of the 2nd carriageway west of Worms will begin next week and the construction period is 5 months, see press release.
The construction of the Worms bypass is split into 2 lots. The construction of the 1st lot will begin this summer. The announced opening is 2019. The 2nd lot is announced to be built from 2018 to 2022. See press release and a recently published project info.

B47: AS Worms (A61) – AS Worms-West 2.1km (May 2016 to October 2016) [2nd c/w] – projectmap
B47: AS Worms-West – AS Worms-Horchheimer Straße 1.1km (Summer 2016 to 2019) – projectmap
B47: AS Worms-Horchheimer Straße – AS Worms-South 1.2km (2018 to 2022) – projectmap
The 2nd c/w will be completed in November 2016. Afterwards, the 1st c/w will be closed due to renovation works. 4 lanes will be in service from December 2016 (which was previously announced for October 2016). Source.

The official groundbreaking ceremony of the bypass (2nd+3rd section of my list) will be on Friday.
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