The Cologne-Bonn region is subject to a continuous load of heavy traffic. A new motorway connection across the Rhine is being planned to ease the situation. But exactly what route is the so-called Rheinspange going to take? Will it be a bridge or a tunnel? In a major infrastructure project such as the Rheinspange there are mostly wide-ranging planning options and even more opinions as to which variant is the best. For that reason it is particularly important to enable citizens to participate early on and across the board. The Landesbetrieb Straßenbau NRW – the state administration department which is responsible for road building in North Rhine – Westphalia – is going for transparency and an ongoing exchange of opinions and information with the people and organisations in the region. That starts even before the commencement of actual planning and applies to the whole of the planning process.
An overview of the project
- Duration :since 2017
- Keyfacts :2 participation scoping reviews with a total of approx. 300 participants
- ongoing committee work in a dialogue forum and an accompanying group of political experts
- >700 participants at the first information fair on the Rhine vessel MS Loreley
- planning workshop with ~30 citizens
ifok designs tailor-made participation – and not only for major construction projects
Increasingly, people want to participate in decisions that affect them. ifok has designed a pilot participation process for the planning of the Rheinspange – together with the citizens. In the participation scoping review, the people had their say in the planning of the subsequent participation process and communication measures. ifok designed the scoping review and made sure that it meshed in well with the planning process for the Rheinspange. The participation is built on three pillars: continuous committee work, public events, and transparent communication. The motto of this complex process: talk before you plan.
PR & campaigns
As a pilot project, the participation concept has been attracting great attention in the sector and is viewed as a model road engineering project.
In the project, there has been a lively exchange of opinions and information with the planning region. The project website, which is participative, has also made a good contribution to this.
The Rheinspange project was nominated for the 2019 German Engineering Award for Roads and Traffic in the category ‘Traffic in Dialogue’.