Since the end of 2019, drivers in north-east Berlin have had to contend with strict restrictions, and now the builders have given the green light: the A114 has a new road – much earlier than planned.

After years of construction work and associated restrictions, the A114 was completely reopened to traffic in Berlin-Pankow on Tuesday morning. Ronald Norman, director of the Northeast branch of Autobahn GmbH des Bundes, said construction work was completed two months earlier than initially planned, and the extensive road renovation was completed.

According to him, the seven kilometers between the triangle of the Pankow motorway and the Schönleränderstrasse intersection have been covered with modern compacted asphalt since 2019. “We focus on quality and speed,” says Norman. The A114 is now a “modern and flexible motorway”, and its durability has now increased significantly. In addition to the road surface, five bridges and three bridges have been renovated.

According to Autobahn GmbH, construction costs were ultimately five percent lower than initially calculated. According to Norman, 4.5 million euros could have been saved from the 93 million euros estimated at the start of construction.

With the opening of the completely refurbished A114, the new Berlin Bear was also revealed on the motorway. The statue, which weighs 250 kilograms, was raised to a pedestal in the central reserve of the A114 three weeks ago, but has not yet been seen. This animal with a height of 1.60 meters is the fourth on the Berlin border with Brandenburg. So far, the infamous Berlin animals are found on the A115 near Dreilinden, on the A113 in Treptow and on the A111 in Reinickendorf.

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The A114 motorway crosses the Pankow district of Berlin in a north-south direction and connects the city center with the A10 (Berlin Ring). It has been a widely used centralized connection for decades. Construction work began at the end of 2019. In the fall and winter of 2020, work on the bridges was the main task. The construction work was originally supposed to be completed by the end of 2022/23.

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