Saukopf rescue tunnel

Underground Mining Traffic tunnel construction

Rescue tunnel

Project data

Country
Germany
Client
ASV Bensheim
Building Method
conventional drive
Order sum
20.0 million EUR
Period of implementation
January 2009 - January 2012
Diameter / Cross-section
17 m²
Contact

Sekretariat Untertagebau
+43 5556 7181-817
E-Mail


The existing Saukopf tunnel, 2.7 km in length, is a single-tube tunnel which connects the town of Weinheim, Baden-Württemberg, close to the centre of the Mannheim/Ludwigshafen conurbation, with the Odenwald in Hesse and was built in the 1990s. To improve the safety of the Saukopf tunnel, the tunnel was retrofitted with a rescue tunnel in the form of a pedestrian escape tunnel parallel to the main tunnel with a minimum cross-section (excavation area of approx. 10 m² in the westward tunnelling operation, approx. 15 m² in the eastward tunnelling operation). This escape tunnel was connected to the main tunnel by cross-passages at intervals of approx. 250 metres.

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