Attention drivers: The expansion of the A 40 motorway is in full swing. Between the Dortmund-Ost connection and the Dortmund/Unna motorway junction, the present federal roadway B1 will be widened from four to six lanes for a length of 9.5 km. This will improve the traffic flow on the main access route to Dortmund Airport, preparing it for future volume. According to forecasts, more than 100,000 vehicles will be moving in this area every day in 2025.
But before the roadway expansion occurs, a total of 13 structures along the route have to be renewed or replaced. Work on the construction of a new bridge at the Sölde junction began in the middle of last year. Traffic has previously passed through on narrowed roads. Now, however, the initial dates for construction-related full closure of the B1 at the same level are set:
- Full closure: 6 April 2019, 8 pm to 8 April 2019, 5 am
- Full closure: 4 May 2019, 8 pm to 6 May 2019, 5 am
- Full closure: Beginning of August 2019 (the specific date will be communicated in advance)
Diversions will be signposted accordingly. Nevertheless, passengers who want to travel from Dortmund airport on these dates should expect longer travel times and take this into account in their planning. Dortmund Airport recommends that travellers arrive at their check-in counter 90 to 120 minutes before departure. Passengers who have already checked in online and are only travelling with hand luggage should plan sufficient time for the security check and arrive at the gate no later than 40 minutes before departure.
The entire expansion of the A 40 motorway between the Dortmund-Ost connection and the Dortmund/Unna motorway junction is expected to take 5 to 6 years and should be completed in 2023. Further dates and project details can be viewed on the website of the project management company DEGES, commissioned by the Federal Government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.