Traffic restrictions in Austria

As traffic congestion continues to challenge the Tyrol region, Salzburg, Austria, is pioneering a novel approach to traffic management by imposing bans on traffic jams along the critical Tauern motorway (A10). Concurrently, the region faces travel complexities due to scheduled roadworks on the same route.

On Monday, local authorities in St. Johann and Pongau announced an ordinance to prevent traffic congestion on the A10, effective immediately and lasting until June 30th, 2024. This initiative is part of an effort to enhance traffic flow and reduce bottlenecks particularly during peak travel times.

Specific traffic ban details:

Vehicles traveling towards Salzburg are prohibited from entering the L229 Affenwenger Landesstraße at the HASt Pfarrwerfen-Werfen junction (exit 44), except for local traffic destined within the Salzburg area.

Further restrictionsinclude:

Exiting the A10 at the ASt Eben im Pongau (exit 60) onto the B99 Katschberg Straße is also restricted.

Access from the Landzeit network stations (Gasthof Nord and Gasthof Süd) to adjacent municipal roads is barred, with the only exception being vehicles heading to destinations within Salzburg.

May closures on the A10:

Salzburg is also bracing for significant disruptions this May due to renovation work on five tunnels along a 14-kilometer stretch of the A10 between Golling and Werfen. The renovations involve major infrastructural enhancements in the Ofenauer and Hiefler tunnels, as well as the Werden tunnel chain, which includes Brentenberg, Zetzenberg, and Helbersberg tunnels. Notably, the Tauern and Katschberg tunnels remain unaffected by this project.

Planned closure schedule:

Northbound (towards Salzburg): From Pongau Junction to Pass Lueg – scheduled from 8 PM on Monday, May 13th to 5 AM on Tuesday, May 14th.

Southbound (towards Villach): From Golling to Pass Lueg, closures will occur:

From 8 PM on Monday, May 27th to 5 AM on Tuesday, May 28th.

From 8 PM on Tuesday, May 28th to 5 AM on Wednesday, May 29th.

During these periods, motorists will be redirected to the parallel B159 federal road alongside the Salzach river.

These strategic measures by Salzburg's authorities represent an assertive step towards mitigating traffic woes and enhancing road safety and efficiency. The innovative traffic jam ban, in particular, showcases a proactive approach to managing the flow of vehicles and maintaining smooth operations on one of Austria's key motorways.