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For a better link across the Rhine: Today, the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer – together with Hendrik Wüst, the Minister of Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia – turned the sod for the widening of the A 40 motorway to eight lanes. At the same time, the Rhine Bridge at Neuenkamp will be replaced.

Scheuer said:

The A 40 is one of the major arteries of the Ruhr. Via the A 3 and the A 57, it connects the Netherlands to Düsseldorf and Cologne – a major locational factor for Europe’s largest inland port here in Duisburg. By widening it to eight lanes, we will make the A40 fit for the future. The project will remove bottlenecks, reduce journey times and increase capacity. This will benefit commuters and commercial traffic alike. And by the way, we will also be setting a new record. As the centrepiece of the construction project, the new Rhine Bridge at Neuenkamp will not only improve the traffic situation as a whole – it will also be the longest cable-stayed bridge in Germany.

The Federal Government is investing around 365 million euros in the 4.4 kilometre long section to be widened between Duisburg-Homberg and Duisburg-Häfen junctions. Of this sum, around 250 million euros will be used to renew the Rhine Bridge at Neuenkamp. The new crossing will be 802 metres long and 71 metres high. Six of the eight lanes are due to be open to traffic after only one half of the construction period.

In the widening of the A 40, particular attention will be paid to aspects of sound insulation. Around 18 million euros will be spent to provide around 5.1 kilometres of noise barriers and embankment/barrier combination with a height of up to 10 metres. In addition, to further reduce noise pollution, porous asphalt – also known as “whisper asphalt” – will be used.