New road set to benefit motorists, economy and environment

People living and working in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany can expect better road transport links thanks to a project which aims to improve the A14 motorway. Local motorists and long-distance travellers will benefit as the project forms part of a major upgrading scheme that will reduce transport costs and travel times.

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The extensive scheme is underway to upgrade the A14 motorway between the Magdeburg intersection with the A2 and the Wismar intersection with the A20. The project described here is the scheme’s second module, which will provide for the construction of 5.7 km stretch of four-lane motorway between, and including, the Wolmirstedt and Colbitz junctions.

Completion of the second module will show what the entire A14 development has to officer in terms of improving communications, reducing transport costs, increasing traffic speeds and cutting journey times. The new motorway should provide a maximum speed of 120 km/hour.

The local environment will benefit as well because the project will help shift traffic from inner city locations along the B189 road onto the A14. In addition, moving traffic onto the four-lane motorway should improve road safety, especially in urban areas and on surrounding minor roads. The economy will also receive a boost as the project makes transport connections between Magdeburg and Wismar more efficient.

A better network

In the south, the new stretch of road will join the B189, while in the north it will connect with the secondary road network via district road K1174n. The goal is to ensure that traffic runs smoothly when it moves on and off the new motorway. Within the second module framework, a section of the A14 will be closed from the Magdeburg intersection with the A2 as far as the Schwerin intersection with the A24.

Consequently, the second module will contribute to the provision of an efficient and comprehensive road network running between the large metropolitan regions of central Germany (especially Magdeburg, Halle/Saale and Leipzig) and heavily populated areas on the Baltic (notably Rostock, Schwerin and Wismar). The changes will lead to a significant reduction in journey times for both motorists and freight transport. Traffic flows will improve because the completed road network will help to separate inter-regional traffic from local traffic and from those making shorter journeys.

Total and EU funding

The project “New construction of the motorway A14, module 2, from exit Wolmirstedt to exit Colbitz” has a total eligible budget of EUR 38 032 274, with the European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 19 500 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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