Bundesautobahn 44

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Bundesautobahn 44
Route information
Length274.6 km (170.6 mi)
(planned: 330.3 km)
StatesNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, (planned Thuringia)
Highway system
A 43A 45

Bundesautobahn 44 (translates from German as Federal Motorway 44, short form Autobahn 44, abbreviated as BAB 44 or A 44) is a German Autobahn. It consists of three main parts and a few smaller parts, it begins in Aachen at the German–Belgian border and ends near Kassel. Before the German unification it was an unimportant provincial motorway but after this event it became an integral part of the German highway system; the A 44 is a highly frequented link between the Rhine-Ruhr-Area and the new German states, especially Thuringia, and by proxy, eastern European states like Poland and Ukraine.

History of construction[edit]

The first section of this motorway which was opened was the connection between Aachen and the interchange Aachen; this was in 1963.

Auxiliary runway for military aircraft[edit]

The section Geseke-Büren was constructed as an auxiliary runway; this section is even and straight, without any constructions like bridges and the crash-barriers can be taken out. It was constructed to be a runway for US-military aircraft in a war with NATO's opponent, the Warsaw Pact. At both ends of the section there are parking lots for parking and maintenance of the aircraft.

International E-road network[edit]

The Lichtenbusch-interchange Aachen section is part of the European route E 40. Between interchange Dortmund-Unna and interchange Kassel-Süd (Kassel south) the A 44 is part of the European route E 331.


Interchange Neersen[edit]

Interchange Neersen is a typical cloverleaf interchange.

After the opening of the Flughafenbrücke near Düsseldorf Airport the connections to and from the A 52 were extended. Since the opening two ramps have been closed. If you enter the network at Mönchengladbach-Ost you cannot change directly to the Roermond-bound direction of A 52 and if you approach from Krefeld, you cannot change directly to the Düsseldorf-bound direction. To reactivate these connections two new bridges are necessary. Construction has been in progress since January 2006; when construction is complete the interchange will have the following connections:

Connections from A 44 to A 52[edit]

Flughafenbrücke ("airport bridge") across the Rhine between Krefeld and Düsseldorf Airport
direction kind of connection
Mönchengladbach–Düsseldorf tangential ramp
Krefeld–Roermond tangential ramp
Mönchengladbach–Roermond using the ramp Mönchengladbach–Düsseldorf and via the northwestern loop
Krefeld–Düsseldorf loop (270°)

Connections from A 52 to A 44[edit]

direction kind of connection
Düsseldorf–Mönchengladbach loop (270°)
Roermond–Krefeld a bridge which will be above A 44 will be constructed
Roermond–Mönchengladbach loop (270°)
Düsseldorf–Krefeld tangential ramp


Extension near Kassel[edit]

Near Kassel, the Autobahn will be extended to Thuringia; the following sections are planned:

section status length (km) costs (Million )
interchange Kassel-Ost – jct Helsa-Ost project investigations 17.5 287
jct Helsa-Ost - jct Hessisch Lichtenau-West under construction (expected opening 2018) 5.9 327
jct Hessisch Lichtenau-West – jct Hessisch Lichtenau-Mitte under construction (December 12, 2013) 2.2 85
jct Hessisch Lichtenau-Mitte – jct Hessisch Lichtenau-Ost completed (opening on October 6, 2005) 4.4 84
jct Hessisch Lichtenau-Ost - WalburgHasselbach [de] under construction (November 1, 2014) 4.3 83
Walburg-Hasselbach – jct Waldkappel-Ost under construction (expected opening 2016) 6.1 56
jct Waldkappel-Ost - Wehretal/Hoheneiche planning permission hearings successful finished 7.2 183
Wehretal/Hoheneiche - jct Sontra-Nord planning permission hearings successful finished 5.4 159
jct Sontra-Nord - jct Sontra-Ulfen planning permission hearings successful finished 11.0 240
jct Sontra-Ulfen – interchange Wommen (A 4) planning permission hearings successful finished 5.8 75

Demolition of a section[edit]

The interchange Jackerath-interchange Holz section and the junction Otzenrath were permanently closed to traffic on October 14, 2005; the reason for the closure was the open mine at Garzweiler II. Before this section was closed, the Bundesautobahn 61 was widened from two to three lanes in each direction. For the closed junction the junction Mönchengladbach-Wanlo was constructed.

When the open cast mine is exhausted, expected in 2017, a new section of the A 44 will be built across the A 61; this new route will be to the south of the old route, and the new junction Jackerath will be south of the old one.

This section was taken out of the official network-register in November 2005 and is no longer officially a Bundesautobahn.

Exit list[edit]

BAB-Grenze.svg (1) Border crossing Lichtenbusch
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Lichtenbusch
AB-AS-blau.svg (2) Aachen-Lichtenbusch
AB-AS-blau.svg (3) Aachen-Brand
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (4) Aachen 4-way interchange A 4 A 544
AB-AS-blau.svg (5a) Broichweiden
AB-AS-blau.svg () Alsdorf-Begau (access in direction Aachen only)
AB-AS-blau.svg (5b) Alsdorf (Rheinland)
AB-AS-blau.svg (6) Aldenhoven
AB-AS-blau.svg (7) Jülich-West
AB-Rast.svg Raststätte Ruraue
AB-Brücke.svg Rurbrücke
AB-AS-blau.svg (8) Jülich-Ost
AB-AS-blau.svg (9) Titz
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (10) Jackerath 3-way interchange A 61

interrupted (since October 2005).
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Garweiler Mine (under construction) (new Exit)

wiederaufbau nicht vor 2017

AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (12) Holz 3-way interchange A 46
AB-AS-blau.svg Jüchen-Hochneukirch (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg (13) Mönchengladbach-Odenkirchen

interrupted (not required)

AB-AS-blau.svg (21) Mönchengladbach-Ost
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (22) Neersen 4-way interchange A 52
AB-AS-blau.svg (incl.) Neersen (touches B 7)
AB-AS-blau.svg (23) Münchheide
AB-AS-blau.svg (24) Krefeld-Forstwald
AB-AS-blau.svg (25) Krefeld-Fichtenhain
AB-AS-blau.svg (26) Osterath
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (27) Meerbusch 4-way interchange A 57
AB-AS-blau.svg (28) Lank-Latum
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Strümp 640 m
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Ilvericher Altrheinschlinge 870 m
AB-Brücke.svg Flughafenbrücke 1.287 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (29) Düsseldorf-Messe/Stadion
AB-AS-blau.svg (30) Düsseldorf-Stockum B 8
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Flughafentunnel 1070 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (31) Düsseldorf-Flughafen
AB-Brücke.svg Bahnbrücke 60 m
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Kreuz Düsseldorf-Nord (planned) A 59
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (32) Düsseldorf-Nord 4-way interchange A 52
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Schwarzbach 154 m / 150 m
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (32) Düsseldorf-Nord 4-way interchange A 52
Intersection 3-way interchange Rath (planned) A 59
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Reichswaldallee 695 m / 725 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg (incl.) Reichswaldallee
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Volkardey 695 m / 725 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (33) Ratingen-Schwarzbach
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (34) Kreuz Ratingen-Ost 4-way interchange A 3

AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Talbrücke Kaltenbach 129 m
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Talbrücke Homberger Bachtal 216 m
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Angerbachbrücke 319 m
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Heiligenhaus (under construction)
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Talbrücke Laubecker Bachtal 206 m
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Talbrücke Ganslandsiepen 194 m

AB-AS-blau.svg (36) Heiligenhaus-Hetterscheid
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Birth 807 m / 814 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (37) Velbert-Nord B 224
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (37a) Velbert-Nord 3-way interchange A 535
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Hespersbach
AB-AS-blau.svg (38) Velbert-Langenberg
AB-Brücke.svg Asbachtalbrücke 323 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (39) Essen-Kupferdreh
AB-Brücke.svg Hochstraßebrücke 540 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (40) Essen-Überruhr
AB-Fluss.svg Ruhr
AB-AS-blau.svg (41) Essen-Heisingen

AB-AS-blau.svg Essen-Bergerhausen (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Ruhralleetunnel 2500 m (planned)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Kreuz Essen-Bergerhausen (planned) A 52

AB-AS-blau.svg (-) Bochum-Nordhausen-Ring
AB-AS-blau.svg (-) Bochum-Markstraße
AB-AS-blau.svg (-) Bochum-Laer
AB-Brücke.svg Oelbachbrücke 100 m
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (42) Bochum/Witten 4-way interchange A 43
AB-AS-blau.svg (43) Witten-Zentrum
AB-AS-blau.svg (44) Witten-Stockum
AB-AS-blau.svg (45) Witten-Annen
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (46) Dortmund/Witten 4-way interchange A 45

interrupted (further need)

AB-Tank.svg Tankstelle -
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (52) Dortmund/Unna 4-way interchange A 1
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Bornekamp
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (53) Unna-Ost 4-way interchange A 443
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Kessebürenbach
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Lüner Bach
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Am Haarstrang
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (54) Werl 4-way interchange A 445
AB-AS-blau.svg (55) Werl-Süd im Bau
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Ostönner Bach
AB-AS-blau.svg (56) Soest
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Soester Börde
AB-AS-blau.svg (57) Soest-Ost
AB-AS-blau.svg (58) Erwitte/Anröchte
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Pöppelsche
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Schledde
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Westerschledde
AB-AS-blau.svg (59) Geseke
AB-AS-blau.svg (60) Büren
AB-Brücke.svg Almebrücke
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Friedenstal
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (61) Wünnenberg-Haaren 4-way interchange A 33
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Ottensgrund 500 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (62) Marsberg-Meerhof
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Langer Grund 200 m
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Apfelbaumgrund 350 m
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Krügersgrund 375 m
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Klingenbach 480 m
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Heubach 200 m
AB-Brücke.svg Diemeltalbrücke 100 m
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Am Biggenkopf
AB-AS-blau.svg (64) Diemelstadt
AB-AS-blau.svg (65) Warburg
AB-Brücke.svg Twistetalbrücke 650 m
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Breuna 650 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (66) Breuna
AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Services Bühleck
AB-AS-blau.svg (67) Zierenberg
AB-AS-blau.svg (68) Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (69) Kreuz Kassel-West A 49
AB-Brücke.svg Fuldatalbrücke 700 m
AB-Kreuz-blau.svg (70) Dreieck Kassel-Süd A 7

AB-Tank.svg AB-Rast.svg Under construction Rest area Kassel (under construction)
Intersection Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg 3-way interchange Kassel-Mitte A 49
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Talbrücke Losse 200 m

Intersection 3-way interchange Dreieck Kassel-Ost (planned) A 7
AB-AS-blau.svg Kaufungen (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Helsa-West (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Helsa-Ost (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Hirschhagen 4100 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Steinbachtalbrücke 134 m
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Hessisch Lichtenau-West (under construction)
AB-Tunnel.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Tunnel Schulberg 700 m

AB-AS-blau.svg (77) Hessisch Lichtenau-Mitte B 7
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Hopfenberg 650 m
AB-Brücke.svg Hopfenbachtalbrücke 280 m
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Walburgtunnel 273 m/284 m
AB-Brücke.svg Wehretalbrücke 530 m
AB-AS-blau.svg (78) Hessisch Lichtenau/Walburg B 7

AB-Tunnel.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Tunnel Küchentunnel 1314 m
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Beerbergbrücke 176 m
AB-Brücke.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Rauschenbrücke 233 m
AB-AS-blau.svg Zeichen 123 - Baustelle, StVO 1992.svg Waldkappel (under construction)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel TrimbergTunnel 597 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Eschwege (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Wehretalbrücke 695 m (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Spitzenbergtunnel 626 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Netratalbrücke 264 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Sontra-Wichmannhausen (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Ulfetalbrücke 205 m (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Boyneburgtunnel 1698 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Sontra-Nord (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Holsteintunnel 1647 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Sontra-Ost (planned)
Zeichen 314-50 - Parkplatz, StVO 2013.svg WC (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Bubenradtunnel 686 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Lindenau 550 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Rübenberg 100 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Kulmrich 100 m (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Dachslochtunnel 300 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Riedmühle 300 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Blankenbach 200 m (planned)
AB-AS-blau.svg Sontra-Ulfen (planned)
AB-Tunnel.svg Tunnel Armsbergtunnel 290 m (planned)
AB-Brücke.svg Talbrücke Breitzbach 172 m (planned)
Intersection 3-way interchange Wommener Dreieck (planned) A 4

(planned / urgent need)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°14′49″N 9°36′45″E / 51.24694°N 9.61250°E / 51.24694; 9.61250