Turmstraße Construction Site
The Turmstraße Bridge, as part of Bundesstraße 1a, will soon be demolished, and a new bridge will be built. According to an expert opinion and an economic feasibility study (carried out by the City of Aachen), it is, unfortunately, no longer possible to renovate the bridge erected in 1971. The resulting change in traffic flow will significantly affect RWTH Aachen University in many different ways – with consequences for motorists, public transportation users, cyclists, and pedestrians.
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Since May 2, 2022, Turmstraße has been fully closed in both directions between Professor-Pirlet-Straße and Claßenstraße. In addition, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße will remain completely closed until June 30, 2022, and will, after this time, be reopened exclusively for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The rail service between Westbahnhof and Schanz stations will be suspended from 9 pm on May 13 until May 27, 2022, as the old bridge will be removed at this time. The City of Aachen has announced in a press release that work will continue around the clock during this period. According to the City, four excavators will be used to demolish the eastern cantilever arm in a first step before the machines continue to work their way forward and demolish two of the bridge’s four box girders. This will be followed by the removal of a total of around 4,000 tons of concrete to Bendplatz, where it will be crushed and loaded for transportation. At the same time, the tracks in the railroad area will be uncovered and the overhead lines restored.
According to Deutsche Bahn AG, rail traffic from Düsseldorf/Mönchengladbach toward Aachen will then end at Herzogenrath, where passengers will be offered a rail replacement service to Aachen. The construction project is scheduled for completion in December 2023.
The City is planning for traffic to be routed around the construction site. For Alleenring, the immediate bypass goes via Claßenstraße, Seffenter Weg, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße, and Professor-Pirlet-Straße and will be signposted in both directions. Templergraben will initially not be part of the traffic rerouting concept and thus remain closed as part of the Living Lab project. It is possible that it will be opened at a later stage.
Traffic will be adversely affected. Also, building access will be limited at times, and you should plan extra time to get to other buildings on campus or travel to RWTH – on foot, by bike, by car, or by public transportation. RWTH is not involved in this construction project but is in close contact with the City of Aachen to keep these restrictions as low as possible and communicate them quickly and transparently.
The City of Aachen has created a web page with the latest updates on the construction project. Please note that the information is only available in German.
The City of Aachen has also created the following email address for questions before and during the construction work: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find questions and answers about the construction project here.