Austria Arlberg Tunnel Starts Summer Closure

Austria’s Arlberg Tunnel closes for the summer but, unlike last year, truck drivers are not forced on a long detour.

Also, winter makes a comeback and so should winter tyres in Germany. Brenner Pass border checks to start end of May. Transfagarasan drivers frustrated by ultra slow progress on Romanian motorways.

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AUSTRIA ARLBERG TUNNEL STARTS SUMMER CLOSURE

Cars and trucks to detour via Arlberg Pass overnight.

The S16 Arlberg Tunnel in western Austria starts the second of its third summer maintenance closures today (Monday 25 April). Like last year, the alternative to the 13.9km tunnel between Innsbruck and Bregenz is the 1640m Arlberg Pass. However, unlike last year, the tunnel is only closed overnight - 20:00-05:00 – while all vehicles can use the pass (last year trucks were sent on a long detour). On the as-yet-unspecified 21 days when the tunnel is not closed overnight, an alternate traffic system will be in place with a maximum 30 minute waiting time. Also, the tunnel will not close in poor weather. Arlberg reopens for the winter on 31 October 2016. The next and final summer closure starts 18 April 2017. Photo ASFINAG

Arlberg Tunnel approach. Photo ASFINAG

The S16 Arlberg Tunnel in western Austria starts the second of its third summer maintenance closures today (Monday 25 April).

Like last year, the alternative to the 13.9km tunnel between Innsbruck and Bregenz is the 1640m Arlberg Pass.

However, unlike last year, the tunnel will only close overnight (20:00-05:00).

Also, as the press release for road manager ASFINAG makes clear, all vehicles can use the pass road.

Last year trucks were sent on a long detour.

On the as-yet-unspecified 21 days when the tunnel is not closed overnight, an alternate traffic system will be in place with a maximum 30 minute waiting time.

Also, the tunnel will not close in poor weather.

Arlberg reopens for the winter on 31 October 2016. The next and final summer closure starts 18 April 2017.

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Only a week or so after most drivers swapped back to summer tyres, wintry weather makes a comeback today at many places around the Continent. In Germany particularly, it is important to remember that ‘winter tyres’ (marked M+S) are compulsory in ‘wintry conditions’, i.e. with snow or ice on the road. Photo northern Netherlands via @TeamVerkeer_NN

Only a week or so after most drivers swapped back to summer tyres, wintry weather makes a comeback today at many places around the Continent. In Germany particularly, it is important to remember that ‘winter tyres’ (marked M+S) are compulsory in ‘wintry conditions’, i.e. with snow or ice on the road. Photo northern Netherlands via @TeamVerkeer_NN

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roundup: BORDERS. There is still no obvious sign of building work across the Brenner Pass border between Italy and Austria, but reports at the weekend say systematic checks will start at the end of May-beginning of June. The Local Austria quotes new Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka saying checks were needed to ‘continue to guarantee the security of Austria’. It seems the controls will go ahead whatever happens but ‘if there is no satisfactory co-operation’ from Italy says Sobotka, a fence will also be built thus adding to potential delays. Austria is concerned that the closure of the migrant ‘Balkan Route’ will see more make their way to Italy across the Mediterranean. See more. Austria has also reimposed border controls today with Hungary reports ANSA. ROMANIA. Just 64km of motorway was opened last year reports Balkan News Agency. It takes the total network length to 747km, up 9% on 2014, according to the INS National Statistics Agency. The current expectation is that 200km will open in 2016. Frustratingly for drivers heading to Transfagarasan, just east of Sibiu, the A1 motorway from the Hungarian border is still not complete. Substandard work has been detected on the remaining 73.5km gap Deva-Lugoj though the road itself will not have to be dug up reports Romania-Insider. A 200m section of the previously opened A1 between Sebes and Sibiu did have to be dug up last year but should be ready in June, putting the whole 22km stretch back into service. Adding further to its problems it was reported in March that, due to issues with public procurement systems, Romania missed out on €1.6 billion of the €4.2 billion transport funding it was due from the EU in the period 2007-2013.

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