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The Central German Loop will soon be completed: Today, Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt, broke the ground for the extension of the A 143 motorway, Western bypass of Halle (Saale).

Scheuer said:

The Federal Ministry of Transport is truly a ministry of reunification. This is demonstrated by our German Unity Transport Projects - on roads, railways and waterways. With today's ground-breaking ceremony, Germany is growing even closer together. We are closing the last gap in the Halle orbital motorway and reducing journey times between Northern Germany, Hesse and Thuringia. This is beneficial to the local communities - and to Germany as a whole.

The Federal Government is investing around 350 million euros in the 12.7 kilometre long new construction section of the A 143 motorway between the Halle-Neustadt (B 80) junction and the A 14 motorway. The first 9 kilometres of the Halle western bypass have been open to traffic since 2004. The A 143 motorway is the keystone of German Unity Transport Project No. 13.

In the extension of the A 143, particular attention will be paid to aspects of environmental protection and sound insulation: encroachments on nature and landscapes will be mitigated by four wildlife overpasses and a landscape tunnel passing below the porphyry hills. In the Salzmünde area, the motorway will pass through a noise protection tunnel, and noise barriers will be constructed on the bridge over the Saale.