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S 10 Mühlviertler Highway, Tunnel Götschka

Photo: Tunnel Götschka: Construction site view: Construction machinery at the tunnel entrance
Facts and Figures
Company PORR Bau GmbH
PrincipalASFiNAG Bau Management GmbH
LocationNeumarkt - Austria
Type Tunneling, Concrete slab construction
Runtime10.2011 - 11.2015

1,200,000 m³ excavation as raw material source

Completed at the end of 2015, Tunnel Götschka is located on the Mühlviertler highway (S10) between Unterweitersdorf and Freistadt. At a length of 22km this route section of the S10 has four lanes, four underground sections and a number of engineering structures that have been successfully built within a construction period of four years. The building project was the largest single construction contract of the Austrian Motorways and Highways Financing and Stock Corporation (ASFiNAG) of its time.

According to the size of the project for the construction of the tunnel Götschka there was an enormous amount of excavation and excavated material. Disposal of 1,200,000 m³ posed a massive challenge. PORR faced this challenge by processing the suitable material at high-quality injection and and structural concrete. Using a gravel processing plant aggregates for concrete, unbound base material and filter layers could be recycled. This also led to the the fact that less gravel, disposal areas and transport routes were needed. And finally, the lower noise, dust and air pollution also had a positive impact - both for the residents, as well as for the climate assessment of the construction project.

Facts on construction of the tunnel Götschka:

  • Total length: about 4.4 km
  • Twin-tube expansion consisting of a 3.5 km long west tunnel with two lanes in the direction of Linz and a 3.5 km long east tunnel in the direction of Prague, which due to its slope of 3.6% is expanded by two traffic lanes.
  • Variable centre distance between the two direction tubes: 17 to 45 m
  • Blower and industrial buildings at the portals
  • Short, open construction with lengths between 18.50 m at the southern portal and 43.50 m at the north portal
  • The operations centre at the north portal, operating station at the south portal