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Bundesautobahn 20 (translates from German as Federal Motorway 20, short form Autobahn 20, abbreviated as BAB 20 or A 20) is an autobahn in Germany. It is colloquially known as Ostseeautobahn[1] ("Baltic Freeway") or Küstenautobahn[2] ("Coastal Freeway") due to its geographic location near the Baltic Sea coastline. The road is not built along a straight line, instead it is built near important cities (Wismar, Rostock, Stralsund), to make it more beneficial for travel between these cities, and also to serve as bypass.

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A20
Bundesautobahn 20
Route information
Length279 km (173 mi)
Existed1997–present
Location
StatesSchleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg
Highway system
A 19A 21
1100m long A20 motorway bridge crossing the river Peene near Jarmen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Construction started in 1992, only two years after the German reunification, near the junction Wismar-Nord and was completed in December 2005, when the last section was opened near Tribsees by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Building costs are estimated at 1.8 billion. 279 km of the autobahn are in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 27 km in Brandenburg and 30 km in Schleswig-Holstein, making the A 20 the longest continuously built new autobahn since 1945.

On July 28, 2009, the western extension started with the opening between Autobahnkreuz Lübeck and junction Geschendorf. In the meantime the next six kilometers to the temporary end at Weede has been opened for traffic. The extension and opening of the section between the temporary end in Weede and Autobahnkreuz Bad Segeberg is planned for the end of 2010.[needs update] Further extension west is planned and awaiting funding, including a tunnel under the Elbe and a 2-way connection with the also-planned A 26.

North of Hamburg the A 20 will have a unique function, namely the connection of the highways A 1, A 21, A 7 and A 23, but it will also function as a northern bypass of the city-region of Hamburg which will take traffic going from France and the Benelux countries to Denmark and Sweden away from Hamburg.

Exit listEdit

  3-way interchange Wiefelstede (planned)  
  Wiefelstede (planned)
  Spohle (planned)
  Kreuz Jaderberg (planned)  
  Jaderberg (planned)
  Jade (planned)
  Ovelgönne (planned)
  Stadland (planned)  
  Nordenham (planned)  

built as  
  Tunnel Weser tunnel 1645 m

built as  
  Dedesdorf (planned)
  3-way interchange Stotel (planned)    
  3-way interchange Bremerhaven-Süd (planned)    
  Beverstedt-West (planned)  
  Beverstedt-Ost (planned)
  Bremervörde (planned)  
  Ostebrücke (planned)
  Oldendorf (planned)
  Himmelpforten (planned)  
  3-way interchange Drochtersen (planned)  
  Tunnel Elbquerung 5113 m (planned)
  Road toll Elbtunnel (planned)
  Glückstadt (planned)  
  Kremper Marsch (planned)
  Krempe (planned)
  Kreuz Steinburg (planned)  
    Rest area Glindesmoor (planned)
  Bokel (planned)
  Grünbrücke (planned)
  Lentföhrden (planned)  
  Kreuz Schmalfeld (planned)  

 

  Schmalfelder Au 180 m (planned)
  Hartenholm (planned)
  Todesfelde/Bark (planned)
  Grünbrücke 60 m (planned)
    Wittenborn (under construction)
    Wahlstedt-Süd (under construction)
    3-way interchange Bad Segeberg  
    Brücke 371 m

  ( ) Bad Segeberg-Ost
  Rest area Kronberg
  ( ) Geschendorf
  Grünbrücke
  ( ) Mönkhagen
  (1) Lübeck 4-way interchange  
  Tunnel Moisling 120 m
  Elbe-Lübeck-Kanal
  (2a) Lübeck-Genin
  Rest area Auf dem Karkfeld
  (2b) Lübeck-Süd (Lübeck Airport)
  (3) Groß Sarau  
  (4) Luderdorf
  Schönberg Land parking area
  (5) Schönberg
  (6) Grevesmühlen
  Rest area Brettäger Wisch
  (7) Bobitz
  Rest area Mölenbarg
  (8) Wismar-Mitte    
  (9) Wismar 4-way interchange    
  Tunnel Weser
  (10) Zurow  
  Rest area Selliner See-Nord
  (11) Loxstedt
  Rest area Fuchsberg
  (12) Satow-Ost
  Rest area Quellental
  (13) Bad Doberan
  (14) Rostock-West  
  (15) Rostock-Südstadt
  Ostebrücke
  Rest area
  (16) Rostock 4-way interchange  
  (17) Dummestorf  
  Rest area Speckmoor
  (18) Sanitz  
  Tunnel Elbe
  (19) Tessin  
  Lindholz parking area  
  (20) Horst
  (21) Tribsees
  Rest area Trebeltal-Nord
  (22) Grimmen-West  
  (23) Grimmen-Ost  
  (24) Stralsund interchange     
  Rest area
  Grünbrücke
  (25) Walstedt-Süd
  Dersekow (planned)
  Rest area Peenetal-Nod  
  Rest area Peenetal-Süd  
  (27) Gützkow  
  (28) Geschendorf
  Demminer Land parking area  
  (29) Mönkhagen
  (30) Altentreptow
  (31)
  Rest area Vier-Tore-Stadt
  (32) Neubrandenburg-Ost interchange    
  Talbrücke Wakenitz 294 m
  (33) Lüdersdorf
  Talbrücke Maurine 200 m
  (34) Stasburg
    Services
  Talbrücke Radegast 435 m
  Talbrücke Stepenitz
  Rest area Ravensmühle
  (35) Pasewalk-Nord
  Talbrücke Plüschower Mühlenbach 318 m
  (36) Pasewalk-Süd
  Rest area Klockow-West
  (37) Prenzlau-Ost
  (38) Prenzlau-Süd
  Talbrücke Wallensteingraben 264 m
  (39) Uckermark 4-way interchange    

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