The district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is considering taking legal action against the extension of the A100. “That might be an option at the very end,” said district mayor Clara Herrmann (Greens). The former district mayor Franz Schulz (Greens) also complained about the 16th construction phase of the A100.
However, the procedure was not permitted at the time because the state itself had planned the further construction of the city motorway. “Meanwhile, the federal government is planning the Autobahn. So the starting point is completely different,” said Herrmann about the chances of a lawsuit.
For this last step, too, the district wants to try to prevent the construction of the 17th construction phase. “The district is responsible for public interests in planning. We will use the opportunities that we have legally and politically so that we can work together with the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberger women to ensure that the Autobahn does not come,” said Herrmann.
A court case is “the ultima ratio,” said the head of the legal office for the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, Rolfdieter Bohm. Before that, there are several steps that the district can take to counter the construction. As part of the line inspection of the motorway route, an environmental impact assessment is first carried out. “The district can bring all environmentally relevant issues to attention.”
Later, the district, which owns part of the areas planned for the construction of the motorway, will also be heard in the planning approval process. Ultimately, the Federal Highway Office would then have to make a decision, said Böhm. “The better this is prepared, the harder it will be for the federal government to ignore our objections.”