Bundesautobahn 71

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A71
Bundesautobahn 71
Route information
Length: 220 km (140 mi)
Major junctions
From: Sangerhausen
To: A 70 near Schweinfurt
Location
States: Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria
Major cities: Artern
Heldrungen
Kölleda
Sömmerda
Erfurt
Arnstadt
Ilmenau
Geraberg
Oberhof
Zella-Mehlis
Suhl
Meiningen
Mellrichstadt
Bad Neustadt
Münnerstadt
Bad Kissingen
Highway system
  • Roads in Germany

Bundesautobahn 71 (translates from German as Federal Motorway 71, short form Autobahn 71, abbreviated as BAB 71 or A 71) is an Autobahn in Germany. It connects the A 38 and Erfurt to the A 70 near Schweinfurt. A further northern extension to the A 14 near Plötzkau has been proposed by the state government of Sachsen-Anhalt.[1]

Construction on the A 71, supervised by DEGES, began in 1996, most parts were being opened by December 2005. The project was completed in September 2015. The section through the Thuringian Forest was the most expensive road ever built in Germany with an average cost of €10 million per kilometre (€16,000,000/mi). This section includes the Rennsteig Tunnel which is the longest road tunnel in Germany at 8 km (5.0 mi) and is called "Thüringer wald Autobahn" (Thuringian Forest Motorway).

Southern mouth of the Eichelberg tunnel near the town of Meiningen, seen from Jüchsetal bridge

Exit list[edit]

AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (1) Südharz 3-way interchange
AB-AS-blau.svg (2) Artern
AB-AS-blau.svg (3) Heldrungen
AB-Tunnel.svg Schmücketunnel 1725m
AB-AS-blau.svg (4) Kölleda
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Under construction Rest area Leubinger Fürtsenhügel (under construction)
AB-AS-blau.svg (5) Sömmerda-Ost
AB-AS-blau.svg (6) Sömmerda-Süd
AB-AS-blau.svg (7) Erfurt-Nord
AB-AS-blau.svg (8) Erfurt-Stotternheim
AB-AS-blau.svg (9) Erfurt-Mittelhausen
AB-AS-blau.svg (10) Erfurt-Gispersleben
AB-AS-blau.svg (11) Erfurt-Bindersleben
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Apfelstädt
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (12) Erfurt 4-way interchange
AB-AS-blau.svg (13) Arnstadt-Nord
AB-AS-blau.svg (14) Arnstadt-Süd
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Behringen
AB-Brücke.svg Wipfratalbrücke
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123.svg Stadtilm (under construction)
AB-AS-blau.svg (15) Ilmenau-Ost
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Altwipfergrund
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Streichgrund
AB-AS-blau.svg (16) Ilmenau-West
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Reichenbach
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Zahme Gera
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Thüringer Wald
AB-AS-blau.svg (17) Gräfenroda
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Alte Burg
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Schwarzbachtal
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Wilde Gera
AB-Tunnel.svg Rennsteigtunnel
AB-AS-blau.svg (18) Oberhof
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Hochwald
AB-AS-blau.svg (19) Suhl/Zella-Mehlis
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Steinatal
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Berg Bock
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (20) Suhl 3-way interchange
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Albrechtsgraben
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Seßlerstal
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Schafstalgrund
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Streitschlag
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Schwarza
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Rotes Tal
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Schindgraben (stone quarry)
AB-AS-blau.svg (21) Meiningen-Nord
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Judental
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Haseltal
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Werratal
AB-AS-blau.svg (22) Meiningen-Süd
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Eichelberg
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Jüchsen
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Bibra
AB-AS-blau.svg (23) Rentwertshausen
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Mellrichstadt
AB-AS-blau.svg (24) Mellrichstadt
AB-Brücke.svg Bahratalbrücke
AB-Brücke.svg Saaletalbrücke
AB-AS-blau.svg (25) Bad Neustadt
AB-AS-blau.svg (26) Münnerstadt
AB-Brücke.svg Lautertalbrücke
AB-AS-blau.svg (27) Maßbach
AB-Brücke.svg Thalwassertalbrücke
AB-AS-blau.svg (28) Bad Kissingen
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Pfersdorf
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Maibach
AB-AS-blau.svg (29) Poppenhausen
AB-Brücke.svg Wernbrücke Kronungen
AB-AS-blau.svg (30) Schweinfurt-West
AB-Brücke.svg Wernbrücke Geldersheim
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (31) Dreieck Werntal

Characteristics[edit]

Buildings at Thuringian froest[edit]

While crossing the Thuringian Forest are a lot of large enginerring works needed, the notablest are listed in the table below.

km mi building length max. height
92,5 575 AB-Tunnel.svg Behringen Tunnel 465 metres (1,526 ft)
94,0 580 AB-Brücke.svg Wipfra viaduct 176 metres (577 ft) 15 metres (49 ft)
101,5 631 AB-Brücke.svg Altwipfergrund viaduct 278 metres (912 ft)
35 metres (115 ft)
102,5 637 AB-Brücke.svg Streichgrund viaduct 449 metres (1,473 ft)
450 metres (1,480 ft)
28 metres (92 ft)
107,0 660 AB-Brücke.svgReichenbach viaduct 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) 60 metres (200 ft)
108,5 674 AB-Brücke.svg Zahme Gera viaduct 520 metres (1,710 ft) 63 metres (207 ft)
112,0 700 AB-Tunnel.svg Alte Burg Tunnel 874 metres (2,867 ft)
866 metres (2,841 ft)
113,5 705 AB-Brücke.svg Schwarzbachtal viaduct 352 metres (1,155 ft)
322 metres (1,056 ft)
71 metres (233 ft)
114,0 710 AB-Brücke.svg Wilde Gera viaduct 552 metres (1,811 ft) 110 metres (360 ft)
114,5 711 AB-Tunnel.svg Rennsteig Tunnel 7,916 metres (25,971 ft)
7,878 metres (25,846 ft)
123,5 767 AB-Tunnel.svg Hochwald Tunnel 1,056 metres (3,465 ft)
126,0 780 AB-Brücke.svg Steinatal viaduct 445 metres (1,460 ft) 20 metres (66 ft)
126,5 786 AB-Tunnel.svg Berg Bock Tunnel 2,738 metres (8,983 ft)
2,718 metres (8,917 ft)
131,0 810 AB-Brücke.svg Albrechtsgraben viaduct 770 metres (2,530 ft) 80 metres (260 ft)
133,5 830 AB-Brücke.svg Seßlestal viaduct 320 metres (1,050 ft) 53 metres (174 ft)
135,0 840 AB-Brücke.svg Schafstalgrund viaduct 525 metres (1,722 ft) 61 metres (200 ft)
137,0 850 AB-Brücke.svg Streitschlag viaduct 256 metres (840 ft) 33 metres (108 ft)
140,0 870 AB-Brücke.svg Schwarza viaduct 675 metres (2,215 ft) 68 metres (223 ft)
142,0 880 AB-Brücke.svg Rotes Tal viaduct 406 metres (1,332 ft) 19 metres (62 ft)
144,0 890 AB-Brücke.svg Schindgraben viaduct (stone quarry) 464 metres (1,522 ft) 55 metres (180 ft)
145,0 900 AB-Brücke.svg Judental viaduct 456 metres (1,496 ft) 45 metres (148 ft)
147,0 910 AB-Brücke.svg Haseltal viaduct 724 metres (2,375 ft)
714 metres (2,343 ft)
22 metres (72 ft)
149,8 931 AB-Brücke.svg Werratal viaduct 1,194 metres (3,917 ft) 34 metres (112 ft)
152,5 948 AB-Tunnel.svg Eichelberg Tunnel 1,097 metres (3,599 ft)
1,123 metres (3,684 ft)
153,5 954 AB-Brücke.svg Jüchsen viaduct 369 metres (1,211 ft) 25 metres (82 ft)

Records[edit]

  • Wilde Gera viaduct: with 252 m (827 ft) span length the largest Arch bridge in Germany, convicted by a street
  • Rennsteig Tunnel: with 7,916 metres (25,971 ft) the longest Tunnel in Germany, and the fourth longest Tunnel with two parallel tubes in Europe

Gallery[edit]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Coalition agreement between CDU and SPD in Sachsen-Anhalt Archived May 8, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (page 56; German; PDF; 223 kB)

External links[edit]