(L-R) Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer; Luxembourg’s Minister for Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch; Credit: MMTP

On Monday 25 September 2023, Luxembourg’s Minister for Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch, inaugurated the new Mühlenweg ramp for cyclists and pedestrians which overlooks the Jean-Pierre Buchler bridge in Luxembourg-Ville.

The Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer, and officials of the National Roads Administration, were present for the occasion. This project is part of the reconstruction of the Jean-Pierre Buchler bridge and constitutes the last major step before the finishing work.

The old pedestrian connection between the Jean-Pierre Buchler Bridge and the Mühlenweg was demolished as part of the bridge widening work. The old staircase with a ramp for persons with reduced mobility was then replaced by a ramp for cyclists and pedestrians, 88 metres long, four metres wide and with a slope of less than 6%. The deck of this ramp is made of a metal structure, while the abutments are made of concrete.

To make access to the Jean-Pierre Buchler bridge accessible to people with reduced mobility, the installation of a lift was planned.

According to Luxembourg’s Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, this link is essential in the PC103 express cycle route, which constitutes the backbone of the A3/CFL90 corridor cycle network by linking Dudelange to Luxembourg City. From the Mühlenweg, into which the ramp of the Jean-Pierre Buchler bridge opens, Luxembourg's national railway company, the CFL, will set up a cycle path running along the tracks to the future Gluck crossroads. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to safely cross this major intersection via a new three-branched footbridge, currently being planned by the National Roads Administration.

Additionally, stemming from the branch that facilitates traffic towards both the Jean-Pierre Buchler Bridge and the Rangwee area (Howald and Bonnevoie), a secondary path will extend to Boulevard de Kockelscheuer, adjacent to the new municipal park. Simultaneously, a tertiary branch will grant access to the forthcoming Lycée Technique du Centre and the Howald exchange hub.

On a local scale, the newly constructed footbridge, an extension of the Jean-Pierre Buchler bridge, provides direct access from the northeast sector of the Gasperich district to the central station, thereby establishing a link between the city and the emerging Ban de Gasperich park. Besides catering to long-distance cyclists in the A3/CFL90 corridor, this fresh connection is expected to add significant value for the inhabitants of the City of Luxembourg, especially for cyclists.

The total cost for the Mühlenweg ramp project stands at €3,826,146.95, inclusive of taxes. The anticipated completion and opening of this gateway are scheduled for late 2023.