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Less congestion and more road safety: Today, Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with his predecessor Alexander Dobrindt, turned the sod for the construction of the new Kramer tunnel on the B 23 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 3.6 kilometre long tunnel will be the centrepiece of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen bypass.

Andreas Scheuer:

The Kramer tunnel will set new standards: it will be the longest federal highway tunnel in Germany. The safety equipment will be of absolute top quality and stand out in comparison with other European countries. With this tunnel, we will relieve the burden on residents imposed by through traffic, make the road safer and reduce journey times. This is a huge win for residents, tourists, commuters and commercial traffic. It is a large-scale project that will make the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region even more liveable and safer.

Alexander Dobrindt:

The construction of the Kramer tunnel will complete a real centennial project for Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Since the 1970s, there have been discussions about the western bypass. Today, we are jointly holding the ground-breaking ceremony for the tunnel and ensuring that the B 23 will bypass Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the future – and not pass through the city anymore. This will strengthen a central lifeline for the whole region.

The route is of supraregional importance: it connects the Loisach valley with the Fern Pass route and Austria and, via the B 2, with the Brenner Pass route and Italy.

The safety equipment of the Kramer tunnel will meet the most recent technical requirements. For normal operation and the event of fire, the most modern safety requirements, which are also very stringent in comparison with other European countries, will be considered.

In total, the Federal Government will invest 264 million euros in the new 5.6 kilometre long section of the B 23. The Kramer tunnel is planned to be opened to traffic in 2024.