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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]

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A71
Bundesautobahn 71
Route information
Length220 km (140 mi)
Major junctions
FromSangerhausen
ToA 70 near Schweinfurt
Location
StatesSaxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria
Major citiesArtern
Heldrungen
Kölleda
Sömmerda
Erfurt
Arnstadt
Ilmenau
Geraberg
Oberhof
Zella-Mehlis
Suhl
Meiningen
Mellrichstadt
Bad Neustadt
Münnerstadt
Bad Kissingen
Highway system
A 70A 72

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

Contents

Exit listEdit

  (1) Südharz 3-way interchange   A 38
  (2) Artern
  (3) Heldrungen
  Schmücketunnel 1725m
  (4) Kölleda
      Rest area Leubinger Fürtsenhügel (under construction)
  (5) Sömmerda-Ost   B 176
  (6) Sömmerda-Süd
  (7) Erfurt-Nord   B 7
  (8) Erfurt-Stotternheim
  (9) Erfurt-Mittelhausen
  (10) Erfurt-Gispersleben   B 4
  (11) Erfurt-Bindersleben   B 7
  Talbrücke Apfelstädt
  (12) Erfurt 4-way interchange   A 4
  (13) Arnstadt-Nord
  (14) Arnstadt-Süd
  Tunnel Behringen
  Wipfratalbrücke
    Stadtilm (under construction)   B 90
  (15) Ilmenau-Ost   B 88
  Talbrücke Altwipfergrund
  Talbrücke Streichgrund
  (16) Ilmenau-West
  Talbrücke Reichenbach
  Talbrücke Zahme Gera
    Services Thüringer Wald
  (17) Gräfenroda   B 88
  Tunnel Alte Burg
  Talbrücke Schwarzbachtal
  Talbrücke Wilde Gera
  Rennsteigtunnel
  (18) Oberhof
  Tunnel Hochwald
  (19) Suhl/Zella-Mehlis   B 62
  Talbrücke Steinatal
  Tunnel Berg Bock
  (20) Suhl 3-way interchange   A 73
  Talbrücke Albrechtsgraben
  Talbrücke Seßlerstal
  Talbrücke Schafstalgrund
  Talbrücke Streitschlag
  Talbrücke Schwarza
  Talbrücke Rotes Tal
  Talbrücke Schindgraben (stone quarry)
  (21) Meiningen-Nord   B 19
  Talbrücke Judental
  Talbrücke Haseltal
  Talbrücke Werratal
  (22) Meiningen-Süd   B 89
  Tunnel Eichelberg
  Talbrücke Jüchsen
  Talbrücke Bibra
  (23) Rentwertshausen
    Services Mellrichstadt
  (24) Mellrichstadt   B 285
  Bahratalbrücke
  Saaletalbrücke
  (25) Bad Neustadt   B 279
  (26) Münnerstadt   B 287
  Lautertalbrücke
  (27) Maßbach
  Thalwassertalbrücke
  (28) Bad Kissingen   B 286
  Talbrücke Pfersdorf
  Talbrücke Maibach
  (29) Poppenhausen   B 286
  Wernbrücke Kronungen
  (30) Schweinfurt-West   B 303
  Wernbrücke Geldersheim
  (31) Dreieck Werntal   A 70

CharacteristicsEdit

Buildings at Thuringian forestEdit

While crossing the Thuringian Forest are a lot of large engineering works needed, the most notable are listed in the table below.

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

RecordsEdit

  • 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

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  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 linksEdit