Construction to affect Ramstein traffic flow

Airman Edward Drescher, Story and photo
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***A-6 autobahn construction continues this summer and traffic to and from Ramstein will be affected as early as April 22.

Phase one of the construction project is scheduled to begin April 22 and will result in closure of the Kaiserslautern-Einsiedlerhof exit until June 2. This means there will be no entry or exit from the autobahn when traveling toward Saarbrücken.

To get on Ramstein, the recommended detours are the Landstuhl exit and west gate, or B270 and B40. Autobahn authorities will also be posting detour signs as needed.

The A-6 autobahn is undergoing a major renovation project in preparation for the 2006 World Cup, which is expected to generate high amounts of traffic next summer.

The Landesbetrieb Strassen und Verkehr, or State Agency for Roads and Traffic, will knock down a bridge near the exit deemed unsafe three years ago. The bridge, which has been closed for 10 years, used to lead to Rodenbach before a traffic circle replaced it to help traffic flow.

LSV decided to use this time to take down the bridge to avoid further traffic complication in the future.

“The demolition of the bridge will create space for future traffic concepts to improve traffic flow in that area,” said an LSV official.

The project will continue later this summer with phase two affecting the Landstuhl exit and the Ramstein West Gate.