Eight possibilities where the new saalebrucke could be built had been worked out by the state building authority. But the city councillors mainly chose between two basic variants: a new building on the same site where the bridge stands today (variant 5) and a relocation of the saale crossing flubabwarts next to the current route (variant 7a).
For the preservation of the punishment spoke out reimar gluckler (CBB). Gluckler gave as a reason that variant 5 preserves the visual axis into the weihertorstrabe. He was also able to refer to the opinion of the two city planners petra zeese and hartmut holl. In her letter, which was read out by city architect detlef mohr, zeese spoke of historical path relationships that are important for identity. The special features were optimally staged.
Holl also preferred the old route. Nevertheless, to the astonishment of some, he suggested moving the saalebrucke to suden, i.E. In the direction of bleichrasen. But the bleichrasen is an attractive parking lot for mobile homes and the parking lots on the old road to pfaffenhausen are also important for the city, mayor ernst stross (SPD) rejected this idea.
Variant 5 costs an additional 2 million euros
Variant 5, however, has a serious disadvantage: it is the most expensive one. Because in order to avoid a wide-area detour during the construction period, a temporary bridge had to be built. With variant 7a, on the other hand, the old bridge can continue to be used until the new building is completed.
In variant 5, for the two years of construction, an additional 2 million euros would be spent on a bridge, while the new bridge itself would cost 4.5 million euros for 70 years of life, calculated christian fenn (young list). "I can't get my head around that." even if the federal government finances the costs, reinhard schaupp spoke of the overall social responsibility that one has as a local politician. Variant 5 was therefore "difficult to accept" for him.
Stefan seufert (CSU) regretted that the city and the burghers had had little time to consider the plans. He looked at the bridge in a broader spatial context: the space in front of the city. Seufert recommended the bleichrasen as a hub for bus traffic that could replace the stop at the elementary school. The bus stop at the school is not acceptable for the municipal accident insurance. But for seufert, the permanent parking lots and the fairground were also connected with the new bridge construction. Therefore, he added, "I had wished for more time. I do not know which variant is good for hammelburg."
In the vote, variant 7a, i.E. The route relocation, received a majority of 17 votes. The city councillors agreed with the demands of the CBB and demanded a say in the design of the bridge landscaping and a natural stone facing for the bridge piers. The CBB's list of demands also included a handicapped-accessible walkway to the musicians' home below the bridge.