North Rhine-Westphalia: Brunsbecke A45 bridge relatively robust: new construction nonetheless

Lüdenscheid/Hagen (dpa/lnw) - Days of tests have not revealed any abnormalities on the sister bridge of the ailing Rahmede motorway bridge near Lüdenscheid, which is now known nationally.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Brunsbecke A45 bridge relatively robust: new construction nonetheless

Lüdenscheid/Hagen (dpa/lnw) - Days of tests have not revealed any abnormalities on the sister bridge of the ailing Rahmede motorway bridge near Lüdenscheid, which is now known nationally. This was announced by the Westphalia branch of Autobahn GmbH on Wednesday. The Brunsbecke viaduct on the A45 between Hagen-Süd and Lüdenscheid-Nord had previously been closed for a few days for a regular laser scan inspection.

The assumption has proven to be correct that the construction at Brunsbecke was "more robust" than at the Rahmede building. However, it remains the case that Brunsbecke will also have to be rebuilt on the so-called Sauerland line in the near future.

Despite the positive results, the traffic routing on the bridge was changed in order to reduce the burden of the increasing heavy traffic. Among other things, there is a speed limit for trucks of 60 kilometers per hour and no overtaking for trucks.

The Rahmede Viaduct on a central north-south axis in Germany has been completely closed since the beginning of December - with serious consequences for the regional economy and above all for the citizens of Lüdenscheid as a result of the diversion traffic. The bridge in the Sauerland is to be blown up this year according to a promise by Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP), after which a new building should be built as soon as possible.

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