30 Nov '11, 4pm

German Autobahn to be Covered with Giant Public Park

German Autobahn to be Covered with Giant Public Park

Germany's longest motorway is about to get one huge make-over; it will soon become a giant public park. When it is all said and done, the A7 will sport a 10-foot-thick canopy starting with Hamburg's Schnelsen district, down to Stellingen and ending in Bahrenfeld. This is no simple task considering the cover will need to be over a 100-feet wide in some areas. This three-mile strip of the A7 currently divides Hamburg's westside from the rest of the city, but it's also a huge source of noise pollution. No surprise at all considering the A7 in Stellingen sees over 150,000 cars a day. And that number is expected to reach 165,000 come 2025! But the park will reconnect districts that have been divided for nearly 30 years, back when the motorway was built. That said, the project isn't without controversy. The A7 is not just important to Germany, it's also important to Europe as a ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/german-autobahn-co...

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