Dilapidated viaduct: Scholz promises accelerated planning of new buildings
Olaf Scholz (SPD). pixabay.com
BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has promised the fastest possible planning for the new construction of the ailing valley bridge on the A45 near Lüdenscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia. Scholz said that on Wednesday in the Bundestag during a government survey. In response to a question from FDP MP Bernd Reuther, he said that he could assure that the federal government had carefully discussed the issue. Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) had told him how he wanted to proceed in concrete terms, as far as the demolition was concerned and “the planning of new buildings as accelerated as possible”.
Last Friday, the federal autobahn GmbH announced that the Rahmede bridge on the Sauerland line between the eastern Ruhr area and Frankfurt am Main must be demolished. Hopes for a renovation were thus dashed. The bridge on the important traffic axis between northern and southern Germany is completely cordoned off. According to the Federal Ministry of Transport, plans for a new building have started.
The Chancellor also said that laws should be put in place to accelerate planning; this would help for the specific project, but also for other projects.
Scholz also announced a general inventory of the condition of the motorway bridges. Then you have to immediately start working hard to fix what needs to be repaired. “It doesn’t all happen overnight, but you have to start right and get started right so that it works,” said the Chancellor./hoe/DP/jha
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