The proposal for a cyclist bridge over the state road between Penzberg and Iffeldorf is apparently becoming a favorite. In this way, according to the idea, cyclists should be guided past the entrances and exits of the A95 without cars getting in their way. Now the financing is to be clarified.
Penzberg/Iffeldorf – So far, there have been three proposals to defuse the dangerous route on the state road between Penzberg and Iffeldorf for cyclists who have to cross entrances and exits of the Garmisch motorway: a separate traffic light for cyclists, a cyclist tunnel and a cyclist bridge, which was added as a third proposal in the spring. Recently, a discussion about the three ideas took place, in which the Weilheim State Building Authority, the District Office and representatives of the city of Penzberg, the municipality of Iffeldorf and the Roche company took part.
"A bridge would be forward-looking"
"The result is that all those involved want to go more on the bridge," said Andreas Lenker from the State Building Authority when asked by the local newspaper. "A bridge would be forward-looking." Especially against the background that there are more and more cyclists. The next step would now be to clarify the financing, i.e. to see who pays the additional costs incurred by a bridge.
However, the financing must be clarified
According to him, it is not yet possible to say what amount is involved. This depends, for example, on the design. However, you have to reckon with at least half a million euros, said Lenker, who is responsible for road construction in the districts of Weilheim-Schongau and Landsberg am Lech. In any case, the Free State, he explained, is always prepared to bear additional costs for higher security. According to him, the municipalities should also "contribute a certain share". Lenker expects a solution to be found by the end of July.
Cyclist traffic lights and cyclists' tunnel
As reported, a cyclist traffic light was initially under discussion. Cyclists were to be guided over the state road on the Iffeldorf side of the motorway bridge by traffic lights so that they did not have to cross the entrances and exits of the A95 there. However, this was not well received by cyclists and municipalities, as it would not have been an intersection-free variant. The second proposal was a cyclist tunnel on the Iffeldorf side under the entrances and exits there. However, this solution would not only have been very expensive. Cyclists would have had to take a detour because of the low angle of inclination of the tunnel entrance. Above all, however, the groundwater there is very high. "Everyone has understood that," says Lenker. So the idea is passé.
The cyclist bridge has thus become the favorite. "It's all about financing," Lenker explained. According to the proposal, which comes from Iffeldorf, the cyclist bridge on the Penzberg side could be stretched parallel to the motorway over the state road. Cyclists coming from Penzberg would thus cycle as before on the east side of the state road in the direction of the A95, but then not down to the culvert of the motorway bridge, but up to the motorway. Shortly before that, they would turn sharply to the left and cross the state road on the cycle path bridge – parallel to the motorway. On the other side, it would then go on a new cycle path in the meadow between on-ramps and exits and the state road in a circle down to the bridge culvert. From there, the new cycle path would continue on the west side of the state road to Iffeldorf.
If things go well, the Radler Bridge may be built in 2024
When the time has come, if this idea actually remains, Lenker is not yet able to say. Planning, approval and financing are first necessary, which is much more complex than with a traffic light. If things go well, he explained, perhaps the bridge could be built in 2024. As early as this summer, however, the traffic lights for motorists, which have been planned for some time, are to be set up at the entrances and exits of the Garmisch motorway. For a transitional period, there could be an interim solution for cyclists. What it looks like is an open question.