Updated: 31.01.2022 08:12
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The closure of the bridge on the A45 near ludenscheid is keeping commuters on their toes these days. Now comes the next traffic hammer.
NRW – since december 2021, the viaduct on the A45 near Ludenscheid is now fully closed. in january of this year the big blow: investigations showed that the bridge may never again be used by cars*. It must be demolished. For commuters on the "sauerland line a real shock. But it comes still thicker, reports RUHR24*.
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Bridges on the A45 have to be completely replaced: shock for commuters on the sauerland line
Like the WDR reported at the weekend, not only the bridge near Ludenscheid has to be torn down and rebuilt due to massive construction defects. An investigation has shown that every 60 (!) valley bridges on the A45, popularly known as the sauerlandlinie, are so dilapidated that they need to be replaced.
the reason for the deterioration of the bridges is the current volume of traffic on the route: the bridges were built 50 to 60 years ago – when there were nowhere near as many vehicles on the road as there are today (moreon accidents and traffic* at RUHR24).
bridges on the A45 were not built for today’s traffic
The bridges have long since been unable to withstand today’s traffic on the A45. Due to the constant load of moving cars, they become dilapidated more quickly. A problem that can only be solved by adapting the bridges to today’s traffic standards.
At least the 60 bridges are not all to be replaced immediately. And: their replacement should be carried out in such a way that the A45 does not have to be closed off. This was confirmed by elfriede sauerwein-braksiek, head of the westphalia branch of autobahn gmbh, in the WDR.
Valley bridges on the A45 are not to be closed despite new construction – advantage for commuters
"we are of course trying to build the bridges in such a way that traffic can continue to flow," says sauerwein-braksiek. The bridges would be built next to the existing autobahn. "and then later we will push in the finished superstructure."
It is still unclear when the 60 bridges on the A45 will be replaced. Long approval processes make it harder to implement plans quickly. A problem that also affects the new construction of the rahmedetal bridge near ludenscheid.
Bridges on the A45 to be renewed as quickly as possible
Currently one can only estimate how long the still passable bridges on the sauerland line in NRW* will last. Their lifetimes differ significantly: "There are some with a remaining useful life until 2026, others until 2038. But you can’t say that across the board", sauerwein-braksiek told the online portal come-on.De.
15 viaducts along the sauerland line are currently under construction or will be in 2022. "this figure shows that we are working consistently to make the A45 a high-performance link once again," elfriede sauerwein-braksiek is quoted as saying in a recent announcement from autobahn westfalen.
But it’s also clear that work can’t be done everywhere on the line at the same time. "we are looking closely at where bridges need to be replaced as quickly as possible. In other places, we save time by strengthening bridges and thus extending their service life."
A45 bridge near ludenscheid closed since december 2021: detour and traffic jams in the region
The first bridge to be rebuilt on the A45 is the rahmede viaduct near Ludenscheid, Germany. Since the 2. December 2021, the bridge is fully closed and can no longer be driven on since then. Detours lead around and through Ludenscheid, causing traffic problems and congestion there*.