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The use of the Köhlbrand Bridge is not considered to be economical beyond the year 2030. Furthermore, the bridge, which was opened in 1974, has a clearance height of 53 metres and is thus no longer adequate for the expected sizes of container ships in the future. In 2017, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) therefore began preliminary considerations of a new Köhlbrand crossing.
The process is deliberately designed to be open to all solutions. A multi-level feasibility study is examining the basic need for a tunnel solution on the one hand or a new bridge on the other in order to cross the Köhlbrand. As a first interim result shows, both solutions would be technically feasible.
Based on these completed studies, considerations will be given to issues such as the dimensioning and route of the infrastructure development. Reliable results which will make a fundamental evaluation possible are expected at the end of 2018. Statements can therefore not yet be made at this point in time regarding the time schedule and budget for the New Köhlbrand Crossing.
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