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Good news for the beginning of the summer holidays: Today, Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with Manuela Schwesig, Minister-President of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, has opened the centrepiece of the new B 96 on the island of Rügen to traffic.

Mr Scheuer said:

Today marks a milestone for the mobility on this island. Rügen has a new efficient major transport artery. Just in time for the beginning of the summer holidays, the B 96 is open to traffic all the way from the mainland to the town of Bergen. This improves Rügen’s access to the motorway network. Connections with German and European industrial centres are strengthened – with a particular focus on the port of Sassnitz-Mukran. At the same time, the B 96 accelerates the movement of travellers during the summer months. This is good news – for both tourists and locals.

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has invested about 65.4 million euros in the 7.1 kilometre long section between Samtens-Ost and Bergen. The new B 96 has two lanes and an additional alternating passing lane in the middle. It runs in parallel to the former B 96, which will become the L 296 regional road. With the new B 96, bottlenecks in the long-distance and the regional road network are removed and the pressure on roads passing through built-up areas along the former route is relieved significantly.

North of Bergen, construction work on the B 96 is also underway. Between Strüssendorf and Ralswiek, the carriageway is widened, which will improve the access to the Jasmund peninsula. Additionally, a Bergen bypass is planned within the framework of the B 196 federal highway. In the future, it is to relieve the burden on the town caused by the traffic resulting from people heading to the seaside resorts of Binz, Sellin, Baabe and Göhren and to make it easier for guests and tourists to reach their destination.