A few days before the anniversary of the controversial main-danube canal, the planned construction of two new locks is causing a stir. One option would be to build the locks at the existing site, which would mean a five-year closure of the waterway, said the president of the water and shipping directorate sud (WSD) in wurzburg, detlef aster, on friday to the news agency, dpa. "We assume, however, that this option is not economically viable."
The alternative is a new building next to the ailing kriegenbrunn and erlangen locks, aster stressed. According to WSD, this variant costs between 160 and 180 million euros per lock. The two locks had already been refurbished in 2008 and 2009. The safety standards, however, were only sufficient for ten years. Therefore, a new construction is inevitable.