Traffic jams are not unusual at the Ansfeldnerstraße intersection (L1392), around 16,000 vehicles (ten percent of which are trucks) are counted there every day. The southern access ramps of the A1 at the Ansfelden junction are often overloaded at peak times.
Plans on how to solve this “Gordian knot”, as Transport Councilor Günther Steinkellner calls it, have been in the works since 2016, with the support of the current Mayor Christian Partoll (both FP).
The preliminary study carried out for the project has shown that a traffic light-controlled junction has better performance than the construction of a roundabout. In coordination with Asfinag, the decision was therefore made to expand the existing T-junction. In addition to the installation of traffic lights, the construction of two left-turn lanes in the direction of the A1 Vienna/Linz is also planned.
Basic redemption procedures have been running since September
The fact that the motorway ramps do not have to be relocated in this variant shortens the duration of the procedure. In addition, the traffic light-controlled node of the L1392 with the motorway access ramps makes it possible to implement a chain of traffic lights. The aim of the conversion is to better regulate the backlog on the country road section and to increase traffic safety.
“The basic redemption procedures have been in progress since September 2022. As soon as the necessary negotiations have been concluded positively, the tender can be published immediately,” says Steinkellner. It is planned to start with the conversion this year, the financing of the project will be taken over in different parts by the state, the municipality and Asfinag.
“The countless traffic jams, dangerous situations at intersections, but also the many tests of patience that arise, especially for those turning left, must finally come to an end. Such an on and off the A1 is not worthy of a city of 18,000 inhabitants,” says a happy It’s great that the project is picking up speed. The municipality will keep the citizens informed about the further project steps.