The Frankfurter Kreuz is an Autobahn interchange in the city of Frankfurt in Hessen, Germany
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where the autobahns A3 and A5
is a 445 km long Autobahn in Germany. Its northern end is the Hattenbach triangle intersection is a 445 km (277 mi) long Autobahn in Germany. Its northern end is the Hattenbach triangle intersection is a 445 km (277 mi) long Autobahn in Germany. Its northern end is the...
meet. The interchange was originally to be built from 1931 to 1933, but due to World War II
World War II
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construction was not finished until 1957.
It underwent massive remodeling in the 1990s, as it had been frequently overloaded due to excess traffic. Today, both autobahns have ten lanes.
Two tunnels of the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line have been put below the Kreuz. The Kreuz is situated at the northeastern corner of Frankfurt International Airport
Frankfurt International Airport
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Along with the airport and the airport's railway station
Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Fernbahnhof
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, the Frankfurter Kreuz is commonly seen as a symbol of Frankfurt's good connections to the world.
With approximately 320,000 http://www.strassenwaerter.de/strassen_und_autobahnmeisterei_frankfurt.htm cars daily it is the most heavily used interchange in the European Union
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