|Bundesstrasse 247 in Germany|
|Operator:||Federal Republic of Germany|
|Start of the street:||Katlenburg
|End of street:||Ohrdruf
|Overall length:||124 km + 3.3 km OU Westerode|
|of which under construction:||5.5 km|
|of which in planning:||47.1 km|
|Development condition:||2-lane partially 3-lane|
The federal highway 247 (abbreviation: B 247 ) is a German federal highway in Lower Saxony and Thuringia . It begins in Katlenburg-Lindau and leads via Duderstadt , the A 38 near Leinefelde-Worbis , Mühlhausen , Bad Langensalza and Gotha (with a connection to the A 4 ) to Ohrdruf , where it ends after 124 kilometers. Until the commissioning of the A 71 , it continued over the Thuringian Forest and Suhl to Schleusingen , whereby this 45-kilometer section was downgraded to a state road in 2007.
The federal highway 247 has a high traffic density in the southern section from the A 38, as it also serves long-distance traffic on the Göttingen - Erfurt route as well as the main development of the city of Mühlhausen and the entire Unstrut-Hainich district , which has no motorway connection . For this reason, the B 247 is currently being expanded between the A 38 and Bad Langensalza so that there is no through-town traffic and is largely being re-routed, for which purpose several projects are included in the urgent needs of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 .
Katlenburg - Leinefelde
The B 247 begins in Katlenburg (Lower Saxony), where it branches off to the south from the B 241 ( Northeim - Osterode am Harz ). It leads via Gieboldehausen , where it crosses the B 27 , on to Duderstadt , where it meets the B 446 . The former German-German road border crossing Teistungen was directly behind Duderstadt . A bypass in three construction phases is planned for Duderstadt, the northern one bypasses the towns of Obernfeld and Mingerode , the second (western) the district of Westerode and the southern mainly the district of Gerblingerode to the state border. The western section around Westerode was opened to traffic on October 16, 2015, the southern section is in the planning stage.
Subsequently in Thuringia, the federal road leads through the places Teistungen and Ferna, for which a bypass is also planned before reaching the twin town of Leinefelde-Worbis , where the B 247 crosses the A 38 .
Leinefelde - Bad Langensalza
Between Leinefelde-Worbis and Gotha , the expansion of the main road into an expressway is planned, above all to improve the accessibility of the city of Mühlhausen . For this purpose, bypasses were built around Leinefelde , Dingelstädt and Bad Langensalza . Other bypass roads for Großengottern , Mühlhausen and Kallmerode have already been approved and are waiting to be implemented. This should take place as a PPP project . A tender is planned for the beginning of 2018 [obsolete] , the construction of the Kallmerode bypass will start in 2019 with completion in 2022, for the remaining bypasses the start of construction is planned for 2020 with completion in early 2023.
Bad Langensalza - Ohrdruf
Between Bad Langensalza and Gotha , the route was once a death trap for numerous motorists, as its linear layout encouraged driving at excessive speed. In order to counteract this, the federal government, as the building contractor, under the supervision of the TU Dresden, installed five static speed measurement systems for both directions over a distance of 15 km.
The B 247 leads through the Gothaer Oststadt, a district that was built between 1870 and 1910. The A 4 connection point Gotha follows south of Gotha . After crossing the town of Schwabhausen , Ohrdruf is reached. The city already received a bypass during the GDR era. At that time, the B 247 between Suhl and Gotha was greatly expanded, as the district town of Suhl should be easily accessible and tourism in Oberhof was also of certain importance. Due to the development of traffic, a four-lane expansion between Gotha and Ohrdruf is planned, bypassing Schwabhausen.
Ohrdruf - Schleusingen (downgraded)
Until December 31, 2006, the B 247 continued from Ohrdruf via Suhl to Schleusingen . Since 2007, this section has been stepped down to state road 3247, with the long-distance traffic function being transferred to the new A 71 and A 73 motorways . The former B 247 continues south of Ohrdruf through the valley of the Ohra and the town of Luisenthal on the ridge of the Thuringian Forest , where it crosses the Rennsteig at 830 meters above sea level near the famous winter sports resort Oberhof at the Rondell . From here to Zella-Mehlis there is a winding, steep, three-lane stretch that is particularly popular with motorcyclists. In the Oberhof / Zella-Mehlis / Suhl area, today's L 3247 with the Oberhof and Suhl / Zella-Mehlis junctions has two links with the A 71 and the newly established B 62 (Zella-Mehlis– Benshausen / formerly B 280 ). In the directly adjacent city of Suhl, the L 3247 has been developed as a three- to four-lane ring road. It rises again sharply in the south of the city to cross the Friedberg . The last 15 kilometers run in the Alder Valley before it ends in Schleusingen on the L 3004, the former B 4 ( Ilmenau - Coburg ).
The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 provides for the following projects. The cost-benefit assessment for the expansion from Leinefelde to Bad Langensalza was carried out for the entire project and not split between the individual projects.
|Project||classification||Length (km)||Costs (million €)||NKV|
|Obernfeld / Mingerode bypass||urgent need||5.8||20.3||1.1|
|Gerblingerode bypass||urgent need||3.3||33.8||2.0|
|Teistungen / Ferna bypass||urgent need||7.6||27.4||2.0|
|Kallmerode bypass||urgent need||4.5||18.2||(2.2)|
|Mühlhausen bypass||urgent need||9.8||49.2||(2.2)|
|Höngeda bypass||urgent need||4.7||40.1||(2.2)|
|Großegottern / Schönstedt bypass||urgent need||7.3||49.5||(2.2)|
|Four-lane expansion Gotha – A 4||further need||2.1||9.7||1.9|
|Schwabhausen bypass||urgent need||4.1||19.5||9.2|
|Four-lane expansion Schwabhausen – Hohenkirchen (B 88n)||further need||3.4||11.0||1.6|
At the original Reichsstraße 247 between Teistungen and Gerblingerode, a barrier was built between the British and Soviet occupation zones in 1945 . The traffic was restricted more and more over the following years until it was finally stopped completely in 1952. In the Federal Republic of Germany, the Reichsstrasse was renamed Bundesstrasse 247, in the GDR into Fernverkehrsstrasse 247. After the Basic Treaty came into force, the Duderstadt / Worbis border crossing was opened on June 21, 1973 , and could be used by travelers near the border. By 1989, the road link was used by around 6 million travelers despite restrictions. In 1990 the border crossing was closed and the road, which was free again, became a federal road for its entire section.
- Project information system for the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030
- The F 247 in 1969 between Ammern and Großengottern on YouTube.de (publisher: Rat des Kreises Mühlhausen)
- Relocation of the federal highway 247 (bypass Duderstadt) | Nds. State authority for road construction and traffic. Retrieved September 8, 2017 (German).
- mdr.de: Start of construction for the Kallmerode bypass in Eichsfeld | MDR.DE. Retrieved October 10, 2019 .
- B 247: Start of construction for the Kallmerode bypass. Retrieved October 10, 2019 (German).
- hot phase for bypasses along the B 247 begins . ( thueringer-allgemeine.de [accessed on September 8, 2017]).
- mdr.de: bypass planned | MDR.DE. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on September 8, 2017 ; accessed on September 8, 2017 (German). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- B 247 Gotha - A4. In: Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030. Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, December 2, 2016, accessed on September 8, 2017 .
- B 247 OU Schwabhausen. In: Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030. Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, December 2, 2016, accessed on September 8, 2017 .
- B 247 OU Schwabhausen - Spange Naunhof. In: Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030. Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, December 2, 2016, accessed on September 8, 2017 .
- Project system