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A1 bottleneck causes long delays
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A1 bottleneck causes long delays

28.07.2014 From our online archive
Roadworks on the A1 near the Croix de Gasperich on Monday morning caused long delays for commuters, with resurfacing of the 5.3 kilometre stretch of motorway set to last until August 10.
25.05.11 Stau auf der Autobahn A1 wegen brennendem Lastwagen.Potaschbierg Foto.Gerry Huberty

(CS) Roadworks on the A1 near the Croix de Gasperich on Monday morning caused long delays for commuters, with resurfacing of the 5.3 kilometre stretch of motorway set to last until August 10.

The roadworks were announced well in advance, but nonetheless caused rush-hour chaos, as traffic was limited to one lane in both directions.

Tailbacks in direction of Luxembourg City stretched back some eight kilometres to the Munsbach exit by 8am. Coming from France, stop-and-go started at the Livange exit, well ahead of the Croix de Gasperich, where several motorways used by many commuters intersect.

Already at 6.30am traffic was building up near the Howald tunnel, where the partial closures begins. Roadworks stretch all the way to the Cents tunnel.

Efforts to limit the impact of the two-week operation by scheduling it during the summer holidays appear to have been somewhat in vain, as delays continued well into the afternoon and the 70km/h speed limit was nearly unattainable for motorists between the two tunnels.

Motorists said that a stretch of road normally passed in around 10 minutes, took over 45 minutes to master in the morning. Reports of two-hour commutes from the border region also reached our ears.

Where possible, it is advised to avoid the A1 between Howald and Cents, although nerves could also be put to a test on alternative routes during rush-hour traffic.