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Environ­ment

Bypass for Bad Zurzach

Environ­ment

Bypass for Bad Zurzach

Environ­ment

Ecological mitigation and compensation measures reduce the impact of the bypass project

An approx. 1 km bypass (including 527m cut-and-cover tunneling) plus rail underpass are planned for Bad Zurzach to relieve the town's center. The road runs through a nature reserve on the fringes of the town and also has to be covered over in the built-up areas. Measures were needed to reconcile the conflicting demands and minimize the disturbance, disruption and environmental impacts resulting from the prolonged construction activity in an urban environment.

Apart from typical traffic impacts, the avoidance of fragmentation is a key issue due to the need to preserve links with the surrounding countryside for both the local population (recreation) and animals (amphibian migration corridor). Capitalizing on its wide-ranging services in the fields of environment, safety, and interdisciplinary teamwork, Gruner was able to provide its client, the Canton of Aargau Public Works Department, with valuable background documents. These included an environmental impact assessment for both the general project and the plans for public display, along with proposals for the ecological mitigation and compensation measures.