Münster/Hückelhoven (dpa/lnw) - Almost 20 years after the first planning for a bypass in the Heinsberg district, the higher administrative court for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia stopped the project. According to a ruling by the Higher Administrative Court on Monday, the bypass for Hückelhoven on Landstraße 365 may no longer be built because it was not started within the legally prescribed five-year period. Because of the fundamental importance, the Higher Administrative Court allowed the appeal to the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (Az.: 11 A 3457/20).
According to the OVG, even a land consolidation procedure in 2010 and the felling of two trees would not have been enough to mark the beginning of the new construction of the 3.2-kilometer bypass. The country did not make use of the option to extend the 2009 deadline by a further five years.