The state planning company Deges wants to start building two new bridges for the A 100 city motorway at the end of 2025 to replace the dilapidated Rudolf Wissell Bridge in Charlottenburg by 2031.

At 932 meters, this is the longest bridge in Berlin and is the third busiest autobahn section in Germany. When it opened 61 years ago, it was designed for 20,000 vehicles a day; today there are more than 175,000.

The planning approval process will soon begin, said Deges managers at a presentation on Tuesday. The first preparatory work will not be possible before 2024 at the earliest. In the future there will be one bridge in each direction. This improves traffic flow and safety.

For the first time, noise protection walls with a height of four to 6.50 meters are to be built. When the Rudolf Wissell Bridge was built, there were no regulations for it.

62 allotment gardens in five nearby colonies are to make way for the construction of the bridge, which has already led to protests. Affected tenants could expect financial compensation, it is said. But a lot is still unclear. So far, the allotment gardens have belonged to the federal railway assets of Deutsche Bahn.

The planners only want to think about cycle lanes on the bridges if the state of Berlin officially “orders” the cycle lanes. But that is not to be expected, although the majority of the Charlottenburg District Council (BVV) voted in favor. The Senate Transport Administration misses the potential for a “gap closure”. Because there are no cycle paths north and south of the future bridges, nor are they planned, she argued back in the summer of 2020.

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Deges recently calculated the total costs of the construction work at 270 million euros. She now believes that the sum will be exceeded because prices on the construction market are rising, particularly as a result of the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

There is a lot of information about the project on the Deges website. An online citizens’ event was also planned for Tuesday evening. We will report more on this next Friday in the “Tagesspiegel People” newsletter for Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, which you can subscribe to free of charge here.