Anyone traveling on the A1 in the direction of Bern on Wednesday morning needed a great deal of patience between Egerkingen SO and Luterbach SO. Astra’s new movable motorway bridge initially caused rush hour traffic to crash. Nothing happened in the direction of Bern for hours.
Astra Bridge is a unique facility in the world. A 100-meter section of the motorway can be renovated without the need to divert traffic. Cars and trucks drive over the site rather than next to it. Like the tatzelwurm, the unique item can independently move to the next section of the construction site. Technology monster.
Truck drivers are skeptical
The truth is that the introduction is a bit muddled. Even when the bridge is open, the traffic queue doesn’t flow that fast. Truck drivers are skeptical. When they are driving on an incline, they apply the brakes at a speed of less than 20 km / h. Some totally brake and take a closer look at the trail.
Blake spoke to the truck drivers in the first service area after the bridge. Werner B says: *, an articulated truck driver from Torgau loaded with a load of groceries: “If I had driven it at the permitted 60 km/h, the load would have been loose. No matter how well everything was fixed. I braked all the way there. I didn’t understand what was supposed to help. “.
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Even truck driver Vasily G. He is impressed: “Sure, you have to go up the slope slowly. But if there is no snow, then you can beat it without any problems. I love the bridge.”
A third truck driver gets off the highway and checks his load first at the service area. And indeed: a long box fell off the pallet, but it wasn’t secured properly either. Swears in Russian.
Astra explains the traffic jam on the bridge
The time is now 10 am and traffic is flowing smoothly over the Astra Bridge. According to Google, the delay is two minutes. Surface rehabilitation machines hoisted under the bridge. Will the next traffic jam follow into the next rush hour? Astra retreat. On Wednesday, the bridge’s transfer was delayed by an hour, and Astra spokesman Samuel Hall promised, “Next time it won’t happen again.”
The problem with the bridge is that the type of bridge is still unknown. “This sometimes leads to a very careful driving style when crossing, which can lead to traffic jams. After a certain period of getting used to it, the traffic flow will improve,” he says.
The fact that some drivers are afraid of their cargo is unfounded. Samuel Hall explains: “We tested the bridge extensively. The geometry and angle of the ramp are consistent with the flight ramp that has been tried and tested since 2010. It can be driven safely at a speed of 60 km / h. »
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