State parliament: Rahmedetalbrücke: SPD calls for clarification of Wüst

The SPD in the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament is demanding clarification from Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) as to when the planned new construction of the closed Rahmede motorway bridge has been postponed.

State parliament: Rahmedetalbrücke: SPD calls for clarification of Wüst

The SPD in the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament is demanding clarification from Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) as to when the planned new construction of the closed Rahmede motorway bridge has been postponed. As a former transport minister, Gordan Dudas, the transport policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, accused him of bearing even greater responsibility for this traffic disaster than previously assumed. This view is not shared in the State Chancellery, so the decision was not a political one, but a technical one.

The background is research by "T-Online", according to which the postponement of the new bridge construction could fall during Wüst's term as NRW Minister of Transport (June 2017 to October 2021). The defects of the building, which has been closed since last December, have been known for a long time. In 2012, a renovation was decided, which was already rejected in 2014. According to the federal Autobahn GmbH, a planning contract for a new building was also awarded in 2015. This project was also pushed back "due to a changed prioritization of further new construction measures on the A45" - when exactly is the decisive question for critics such as the SPD.

But that is obviously not that easy to answer: Since it was a "process", it cannot be fixed on the day, said a spokesman for Autobahn GmbH. From circles in the state government, it was said that the decisions not to renovate the bridge and to start planning for the new building later were technical decisions by the responsible administration - in the case of the Rahmedetalbrücke, the state road construction company NRW until the end of 2020 and then Autobahn GmbH of the federal government.

From circles in the state government, it was also said that Wüst also shared the assessment that corresponding decisions - in any case afterwards - had proven to be wrong. The SPD wants to address the matter on Wednesday in the transport committee. The bridge was closed last December due to severe damage. A new building is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

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