One year of construction work at BBI27.08.2007
Senator Ingeborg Junge-Reyer: “Expansion of BBI is the most important infrastructure project for the Berlin-Brandenburg region. BBI and its environs will be the gate to the city and region around the capital as of 2011. Even at this stage, we can see a new development axis evolving between Berlin’s city centre and the future airport. This south-eastern area is a strategic location for Berlin urban development. Expansion of the airport, new construction of the motorway and the future Dresden rail link give rise to traffic projects providing an economic injection into the entire region. In terms of planning, Berlin, Brandenburg and the communes and districts neighbouring Schoenefeld collaborate closely with both investors and local residents of the new airport benefiting from this co-ordinated planning.”
Infrastructure Minister Reinhold Dellmann: “It is obvious that things are progressing. With the BBI as a job engine, the Berlin Brandenburg region will take an economic leap forward. And road links to the new airport are also coming along well. All of the projects are within their designated timeframes. The new A113 will be finished as planned in spring 2008. The national roads around the airport and the new road link from Potsdam via the L 40 will be finished in time for the official opening of the BBI. And as far as the rail links are concerned, I assume that DB AG is doing everything it can to maintain its timeframe.”
Airport boss Dr. Rainer Schwarz: “The BBI is a decisive prerequisite for competitiveness of the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Even at this stage, the region is already benefiting from the dynamism triggered by the first cut with the spade on the BBI construction site in September 2006. To date, contracts to the sum of 395 million euros have been awarded, of which 285 million euros have already been invested in the local economy. The first year of construction work has progressed well. The largest project is currently represented by construction of the underground railway station which also forms the foundations for the terminal.”
This year will also see commencement of additional construction work. The next project involves awarding the contract for buildings on the airfield, the southern runway as well as the apron. This will be followed by major excavation work as well as the underground tank system while work continues on the roads: construction will commence this year on the western bypass of the BBI, the area in front of the terminal, the road junctions and the link to the B96a. Rail connections are to be pushed further upon commencement of construction of the western tunnel sections.
BBI construction work performed to date: