Status: 11/19/2022 7:53 PM

Due to the construction work of the Altona noise protection tunnel, a section of Autobahn 7 in Hamburg has been completely closed for 79 hours since Thursday evening.

Despite the low temperatures, construction work is progressing well and according to plan. Two bridges have already been demolished. Among them is a particularly stable bridge on the Bahrenfelder Chaussee, a spokeswoman for Autobahn GmbH Nord said on Saturday. Excavators are still in use on a third bridge on Osdorfer Weg. Debris from demolished structures at the site was pulverized and sorted for recycling.

Because of the temperatures, workers on the construction site are forced to spread the salt. The spokeswoman said the highway should not be frozen on Monday morning when traffic is supposed to be flowing again.

No traffic jams on Saturday

The A7 motorway between the Hamburg-Heimfeld and Hamburg-Volkspark junctions will be closed completely in both directions until Monday morning at 5 a.m. The Elbe Tunnel was also affected by the closure. This did not lead to traffic jams on Saturday. According to the traffic control center, traffic was also flowing on bypass roads via the A1 motorway and in the city center via the Elbe bridges.

Slight increase in city traffic

On Friday afternoon, there was a six-kilometer traffic jam on the A1 alternative road in the direction of Bremen. Also in Hamburg it was a bit crowded. If you wanted to go through the city, you had to allocate an extra half hour of time. Traffic is particularly supported on the alternative route B4 at Stresemannstrasse and Amsinckstrasse. There were many more trucks on the road than in the city. But in general it was calm here too. “It appears that many motorists have heeded the advice not to drive into Hamburg today,” a spokesperson for the traffic control center said on Friday.

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The appeal: Travelers should work from home if possible

Commuters are strongly advised to use local public transport or work from home. Unnecessary trips should be avoided. These warnings seem to have worked.

Recommendation: drive around the area broadly

If you must drive, Autobahn GmbH Nord recommends you drive around the area by taking the A1 (Bremen-Lübeck), A21 (Bargteheide-Bad Segeberg) and B205 (Bad Segeberg-Neumünster). Diversions within the city will take place from the Hamburg-Heimfeld and Hamburg-Volkspark intersections: drivers traveling south must follow the “Elbbrücken” signs at the Hamburg-Volkspark intersection via the B4 to the A1 and A7. Northbound Traffic is directed at the Hamburg-Heimfeld junction via the U7 shunt. Port traffic coming from the south You can follow the required U21 diversion towards the port at the Hamburg-Heimfeld junction.

Possible alternate routes towards the city centre

Motorists traveling south from the A23 motorway can exit at the Pinneberg-Nord junction and reach destinations in western Hamburg via Westring/L103. Coming from the north, drivers can get to Hamburg city center by taking the Schnelsen-Nord exit and driving through the airport bypass B432, B433 and Alsterkrugchaussee. You can also exit at Hamburg-Schnelsen and get to the city center via Kollaustrasse.

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The noise protection tunnel should be ready by 2028

The Altona noise protection tunnel, which is two kilometers long, over the A7, which will then be widened to eight lanes, should be completed by 2028. In terms of construction work, there were already two complete closures of the A7 in Hamburg for several days in July.

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Hamburg Journal | 11.19.2022 | At 19:30

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