Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - Since 2014 until the end of last year, a good 900 kilometers of state roads have been renovated in Hesse. This corresponds to about 13 percent of the route network, as can be seen from the response from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to a parliamentary question from the SPD parliamentary group in Wiesbaden. According to a study by Hessen Mobil from 2020, around half of the state road network is in bad (23.9 percent) or very bad (25.1 percent) condition.
The state government launched an offensive in 2016 based on the motto "renovation before new construction", the ministry explained. Since then, up until 2019, an average of 125 kilometers have been renovated each year. The plans up to 2023 envisage an increase to 160 kilometers per year on average. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go before the renovation backlog is completely eliminated with a state road network of around 7,000 kilometers.
At 567 kilometers, the Schwalm-Eder district has the largest network of state roads in terms of kilometers, in the Main-Kinzig district there are 551 kilometers and in the Vogelsberg district 521 kilometers. By contrast, only eight kilometers of state roads run through the city of Offenbach and 19 kilometers through Kassel.