Traffic – Schwalmstadt – holiday traffic: construction sites can become a bottleneck – economy

Frankfurt / Schwalmstadt (dpa / lhe) – The motorway network in Hessen is slightly developing. After eleven years of construction and a much longer planning period, the section A49 in northern Hesse will be opened to traffic this Thursday (30 June). A few weeks before the start of their summer holiday in Hessen, drivers can cover the 11.8 km between Neuental and Schwalmstadt more quickly. Construction sites and bottlenecks still await them elsewhere in the state. Patience behind the wheel will be needed especially on the main days of holiday leave, which gradually begin in Germany.

According to Verkehrsclub ADAC Hessen-Thüringen, the following applies during the holiday season: North Rhine-Westphalia has already started its holiday: “In principle, increased travel can be expected immediately, especially on weekends. Anyone who leaves early has at least until around 8am the journey is usually free – but drivers can only count on empty roads at night. ” According to the experience of recent holiday weekends, ADAC counts the A4 and A7 on the Kirchheimer Dreieck or the A3 area between Wiesbadener Kreuz and Niedernhausen as classic bottlenecks on construction sites.

The branches of the federal road company in charge of Hesse are now replacing more than 30 long-standing construction sites on routes across the state. There can also be daily construction sites. Due to urgent road safety requirements, for example, they usually cannot be planned a week in advance, a spokesman for the Western branch said.

In order to disrupt the flow of traffic as little as possible, according to the federal highway company, there will be no daily construction work on the main traffic routes at the beginning and end of summer holidays. “To avoid bottlenecks and promote traffic flow, a regular number of lanes will be maintained where possible.” Construction sites in Hessen with an increased risk of traffic congestion during the holiday season include the A3 between Wiesbadener Kreuz and Niedernhausen, A4 between Kirchheimer Dreieck and Bad Hersfeld, A5 between Homberg (Ohm) and Alsfeld-West, and A7 between the Hattenbacher and Kirchheimer triangle.

The motorway company expects a lot of traffic especially on the following travel dates in Germany: Fridays and Saturdays 15/16. July 22/23. July 29/30, July 12 and 13 and August. “If possible, these days should be avoided,” he said. Heavy traffic can be expected on several routes, but this will increase during the holiday season: in Hessen, this is the case for the A3 (Cologne-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Würzburg-Ulm sections) in addition to the motorways in the Rhine-Main region. surface. Hesse has holidays from July 25 to September 2 this year.

According to the ADAC, more than two million vehicles use the Hessian motorway every day. The average traffic volume on all highways in the state is around 66,000 vehicles a day – about 30 percent more than the national average of about 51,000.

Although this data is from before the crown pandemic, an association spokesman explained. However, it can be assumed that “we are now almost at this level again”. Travel was abundant in the past weekends of public holidays in particular. Nevertheless, the following rule applies: “In ADAC’s traffic record, Hesse is still coping well with the volume of traffic. Other Länder with a similarly high volume of traffic are in a much worse situation ”. The movement club sees the reasons “primarily in the good situation of expansion and good organization of the construction site so far”.

After traffic slows on the A49 in northern Hesse, the motorway is not yet completely passable. It is expected to lead from Kassel to central Hesse to the future Ohmtal triangle with a connection to A5. The two remaining and controversial sections of the new route in central Hesse are still under construction. The traffic is expected to be released in 2024. Environmental and climate advocates vehemently protested against further construction in central Hesse.

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