18 months of construction: The Lengenfeld bypass is inaugurated. Mayor Wilfried Lechler (6th from left), Alex Dorow (Member of the State Parliament, 5th from left) and District Administrator Thomas Eichinger (7th from right) were also present. © Bell
Lengenfeld – It is well known that large construction projects can be expensive. It is also not uncommon for these to become even more expensive than originally estimated. However, the fact that a project costs five million euros less than initially planned only happens in exceptional cases – as happened with the Lengenfeld bypass.
It was the largest construction project that the municipality of Pürgen has ever planned. As early as 13 years ago, there were initial considerations as to how the town could be relieved of the approximately 9,000 cars that drove through Lengenfeld every day, as Pürgen's mayor Wilfried Lechler explained at the official inauguration of the bypass called state road 2057 Landsberg am Lech - Rott. It took a long time to plan, but the faster the construction took – only 18 months in total. The result is an approximately 3.5-kilometre-long bypass, the cost of which was initially estimated at 17.7 million euros. In addition to bat collision protection, the state road was also to integrate flood protection. "There has never been anything like this before," said Alex Dorow, a member of the state parliament, referring to the funding of the project, in which the transport and environment ministries had "worked together". The Free State of Bavaria subsidized the project "twice" and subsidized road construction with 85 percent and flood protection with 50 percent. In the end, the costs were "only" 12.7 million euros.
The fact that the time between the groundbreaking ceremony and the inauguration was only 1.5 years was mainly due to the fact that all those involved worked together as a team, as Rainer Rogg, Managing Director of the construction company Kutter, explained. Stefan Steinbacher, head of the Steinbacher engineering office, spoke of a "proud day" and a "successful project". The road also provides the community with a high quality of life and thus a high added value.
With musical accompaniment from the Lechrain brass band, Father Brian from Vilgertshofen blessed the bypass. It will be open to traffic tomorrow.