Additional funding needed to improve ‘catastrophic’ condition of local roads
Collecting data on the local road network in Germany is extremely difficult, because of the multitude of entities responsible for this type of road throughout the country. However, a recent “Panorama 3” programme broadcast by North-German public radio and TV station NDR shone a powerful spotlight upon the poor condition of 1,950 km of local roads in northern Germany. The programme also revealed that an additional €3.9 billion needs to be invested in maintenance for these roads.
Eurobitume Deutschland has been pushing for increased funding for road maintenance in Germany for a number of years, and this contributed to recent additional funding for federal highways and elevating up the agenda the condition of secondary and minor roads.