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Construction industry warns of “bridge collapse” in Germany

FRANKFURT (Dow Jones) – The German construction industry has warned of a national “bridge collapse”. “Germany is facing a bridge collapse. The demolition of the ailing bridge near Lüdenscheid is, along with Wiesbaden and Berlin-Treptow, another example of a nationwide traffic disaster,” said the chief executive of the Main Association of the German Construction Industry (HDB), Tim-Oliver Müller, the newspapers of Funke media group.

Müller called for a task force to be convened. “Now it is a matter of bundling all possible capacities, forces and know-how quickly in order to be able to master the situation quickly and in a coordinated manner,” he said. It is a generational task. “We therefore need a joint round with a competent team of clients, planners and the construction industry in order to jointly identify and implement planning and engineering solutions,” said Müller, calling on politicians to avoid lengthy procedures.

The Autobahn GmbH announced on Friday that the ailing Rahmede viaduct on Autobahn 45 near Lüdenscheid had to be demolished. According to the HDB, bridge structures that were built between 1960 and 1979 are particularly critical. According to the HDB, these amount to 39.4 percent of all bridges in Germany.

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January 10, 2022 07:11 ET (12:11 GMT)

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