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Old April 4th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #9221
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Current construction zones on the German Autobahn network according to BAST.

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Old April 5th, 2017, 12:15 AM   #9222
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So at least it is possible to go from near Kassel to Bautzen without encountering any baustelle. That is halfway through Germany.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 07:40 AM   #9223
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A4 was already renovated I`m not suprised, there is any baustelle
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Old April 6th, 2017, 06:05 PM   #9224
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The Bundesrat (the representation of the states on the federal level) has passed the measure that allows for a toll on motorways. This was done with the votes of the states of Bremen and Thüringen, who although initially opposed to the toll, were pressured by Bavaria as the bavarians threatened to withhold funding from the "Länderfinanzausgleich" (a system where richer states give money to poorer ones so that every state has enough funds to maintain good quality education systems, public transport etc.) Tolls are supposedly starting to be imposed in 2019. Germans are tolled for both B- and A roads, foreigners only on A- roads. The tolls will supposedly be based on emission class of the vehicle. Germans are supposed to get most or all tolls back in tax reductions through a very complicated, bureaucratic system. Foreigners obviously can't do that, which is the whole point of the thing. Critics, like the German Automobile Association (ADAC) project that the implementation and maintenance of such a system will cost more than it will ever create in revenue.

http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/.../19597112.html

This is a boondoggle in truly bavarian proportions. Oh well, that's what the CSU is known for, after all.

Here is a more humerous take on the thing, if you know german:

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Old April 7th, 2017, 04:01 PM   #9225
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Big truck crashes on A6 near Heilbronn this week:

Monday at Bad Rappenau:


Wednesday at Heilbronn:


Friday (today) at Bad Rappenau:
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Old April 13th, 2017, 07:33 PM   #9226
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A281 Bremen

The federal ministry of transportation has decided that it will not pursue the Weser Tunnel project in Bremen as a toll road, but as a conventionally funded project.

The Weser Tunnel is the main missing link of the A281, which forms the western bypass of Bremen. It will connect A1 to A27. Another missing link is B6n south of Bremen which will connect A281 to A1.

They say that it remains unclear when it will be possible to start with B212n and B6n, which are important projects that directly feed into A281 and therefore make or break the feasibility of this project as a toll road. Other PPP forms were also ruled out.

The federal ministry urges the state of Bremen to complete the procedures so they can start the € 260 million project.

http://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Pre...erquerung.html

Two things I do not understand though, in January 2016 the federal court in Leipzig issued a verdict on the Weser Tunnel, dismissing the appeals. So I thought there would be 'Baurecht' for this project, at that time they estimated it could start by late 2017. Another thing is the B6n missing link in southern Bremen that will link A281 to A1. A year ago they estimated the project could start by early 2017, but the federal ministry now says it's unclear if it will even start in the medium term.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 09:59 PM   #9227
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The federal ministry of transportation has decided that it will not pursue the Weser Tunnel project in Bremen as a toll road, but as a conventionally funded project.
The Federal Ministry of Transport has approved now what was already promised in February 2016: http://www.weser-kurier.de/bremen/br...d,1313431.html.

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Two things I do not understand though, in January 2016 the federal court in Leipzig issued a verdict on the Weser Tunnel, dismissing the appeals. So I thought there would be 'Baurecht' for this project, at that time they estimated it could start by late 2017.
Here's the January 2016 press release: http://www.senatspressestelle.bremen....160203.de&asl. Plan supplement procedure...

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Derzeit bereitet Bremen das Planergänzungsverfahren zur Auflösung des im PFB vom 30.06.2010 formulierten Vorbehalts bezüglich der bisher vorgesehenen Einhausung der Schlackenkippe bei ArcelorMittal Bremen vor
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Another thing is the B6n missing link in southern Bremen that will link A281 to A1. A year ago they estimated the project could start by early 2017, but the federal ministry now says it's unclear if it will even start in the medium term.
No, I think you are mistaking section 2.2 and section BA5. Section 2.2 is 2.2km long and announced to be approved by late 2017 and to be built from 2018 to 2021.

btw: The section order from north to south is: 1 > 4 > 3.2 > 3.1 > 2.1 > 2.2 > 5 Section 1 to 4 are A281, section 5 is B6n Total length: ~20km. Section 1 was opened in 1995.
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Old April 14th, 2017, 03:31 PM   #9228
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No, I think you are mistaking section 2.2 and section BA5. Section 2.2 is 2.2km long and announced to be approved by late 2017 and to be built from 2018 to 2021.
Ah I see.

It's the white B6n on this map, I thought it was a link between A281 and the 'Autobahnzubringer Arsten'.

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To relieve the existing bridge, it features only 2+1 lanes from today, see press release. The bridge will be renovated from summer 2017. See press release. The westbound bridge (opened in 1962) will feature 1 westbound lane, the eastbound bridge (opened in 1971) will feature 1 westbound and 1 eastbound lane.
Single lane traffic on A44 will exist for the next 15 years, HNA reports: https://www.hna.de/kassel/kreis-kass...g-8179335.html

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Old April 20th, 2017, 10:21 PM   #9230
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Germany needs to do something quickly to speed up all the autobahn renovation works that seem to take forever to complete...
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Old April 21st, 2017, 03:37 PM   #9231
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A45

The plan for the widening of A45 and the replacement of many bridges in Northrhine-Westphalia:

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Old April 25th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #9232
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B56n Gangelt - Heinsberg

The final link of B56n, a grade-separated 2+1 road, will open to traffic on 3 May between Gangelt and Heinsberg. The B56n project links A2 in the Netherlands with A46 in Germany.

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Old April 28th, 2017, 11:39 AM   #9233
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Another major crash on A2 near Rehren. A truck driver did not notice a traffic jam and smashed into traffic, sandwiching an SUV against another truck. The two occupants of the SUV were killed.

That is why I do not stop on the right lane with sudden traffic congestion in Germany. This happens far too often with trucks plowing into traffic jams.

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Old April 28th, 2017, 01:00 PM   #9234
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Germany needs to do something quickly to speed up all the autobahn renovation works that seem to take forever to complete...
Simply they should become inspired by speed of any roadworks happening at the other side of their eastern border.
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Well, I think that's not a valid argument - I am pretty sure that with up to 80% of the costs being covered from EU funds, also Germany would (re)-build their motorways much faster...
Also, you don't have much motorway renovation works yet going on across that eastern border, which you need to cover from state funds. I guess you can draw a fair comparison in ~40 years, when also that infrastructure will be in dire need for repairs..

What however really seems an issue in Germany is that apparently many projects are worked on in parallel, with limited funding that turns into really long construction times - instead of bundling resources on a smaller number of works and a more "serialised" construction..
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I think that is due to the lack of a long-term fund. Everything seems to be apportioned by year, which means they can't build at the fastest possible rate due to annual budget limitations.

Another problem seems to be the large number of small contracts per project. In most other countries, they award a single contract for a project. They say this is to keep small businesses alive, but large contractors also work with smaller subcontractors.
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B23 Echelsbacher Brücke

The Echelsbach Bridge in Bavaria. It was built in 1930, it has a 130 meter span and is 76 meters high.

Construction will begin next week to replace it. There are probably not that many large, pre-war road bridges remaining.



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Second picture: Germany has the most beautiful landscapes in Europe!
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It looks much more modern than it is.
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It doesn't just look more modern than one would imagine from a bridge built in 1929 but it is indeed a marvellous piece of engineering.

The Echelsbacher bridge is a so called Melan arch bridge (Melan-Bauweise) which was a revolutionary method developed in the late 19th century for the construction of reinforced bridges.

In fact this masterpiece is the world's largest Melan bridge (longest span) and therefore under monumental protection. During the upcoming modernisation the arches will be preserved and all other (damaged) parts will be replaced by new ones.

Source (in German)

During the construction a temporary bridge will be built nearby and used for the traffic. The very German name of that thing is "Festbrückengerät SS 80".
Such temporary bridges are stored in Germany for projects like this when you need a bridge for a relative short period of time. Or for the case of a war to rebuild destroyed bridges very fast (idea from the cold war era).


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This is how the bridge will look like after the modernisation.


A sign at the bridge says that it has the world's longest span of all Melan bridges.
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