16.02.2012

Start of expansion B 26

Groundbreaking for pedestrian and cycle underpass between Nilkheim and Leider

Groundbreaking for pedestrian and cycle underpass between Nilkheim and Leider

For 30 years, people from Nilkheim and Leider have been waiting for this moment. On Friday, February 10th 2012, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pedestrian and cycle underpass was executed by Secretary Gerhard Eck (CSU) and Mayor Klaus Herzog (SPD) in icy ten degrees below zero.

The construction from intersection Auweg/Augasse up to the highway, which will last approximately ten months, will improve the connection between the two districts of Aschaffenburg significantly. Moreover, it will enhance the efficiency of B 26.

The costs of nearly € 1 Million will be shared by the federal government (€ 450.000), the City of Aschaffenburg (approximately € 315.000) and the State of Bavaria (€ 125.000).

The new construction of the underpass can only be the beginning, Secretary Eck emphasized. "The underpass is important. However, more construction along B 26 has to follow, especially extension of the access roads to the port." More than 21.000 vehicles a day pass B 26 and traffic density is, therefore, clearly above average of 9.500 vehicles a day on Bavarian highways.

The project is a preparing measure for the four-lane extension of Darmstädter Straße between the intersections Hafen-West and Hafen-Mitte, which the Government of Lower Franconia has already approved. The Building Authorities of Aschaffenburg will presumably start with the plan approval procedure in spring 2012.

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