A deep foundation comprising a total of 71 piles on both sides of the motorway will stabilize the future bridge pillars, with six more piles in the middle for added stability. Like the new terminal building is being built without interrupting airport operations, it’s also essential to keep traffic flowing on the A5 motorway while the bridges are being constructed. It’s also important to have enough leeway to work without hindrances. One side of the motorway is therefore blocked off to cars and trucks part of the time to let mobile cranes do their thing. They lift steel components and prefabricated concrete sections into place, among other things. Construction workers then connect them with mortar and special high-strength steel bolts with heads that look like flat mushrooms. Concrete is then poured on top.
The view from the A5 motorway is also changing: the new Sky Line people mover line runs parallel to it, and a completely new public road is also being built. A traffic circle will connect it to Hugo-Eckener-Ring and Gateway Gardens in the north. Ellis Road, which runs alongside the motorway, will continue past the monument to the Berlin Airlift while only veering slightly away toward the interior of the airport. The new network of roads, with a total length of 10 kilometers, will connect the new terminal with the motorway, CargoCity South, and the airport’s operational zones.