A8 Leissigen tunnel
The Leissigen tunnel on the A8 along the left shore of the Lake of Thun is currently being equipped with a new safety gallery. Construction commenced in 2018 and will be completed in 2022. Some of the tunnel’s operating and safety systems had already been upgraded in earlier projects.
In the past few years, the safety systems of the Leissigen tunnel have been renovated and improved in various projects. In 2014, for example, the operating and safety systems were upgraded in several stages.
The focus now is on optimising the situation with respect to escape routes: the Leissigen tunnel is to be equipped with a safety gallery. At present, apart from the tunnel portals the only escape route is via a gallery that runs from the operating centre in the middle of the tunnel to the village of Leissigen. In accordance with the latest safety requirements, however, additional escape options have to be created. A safety gallery has been under construction since 2018 that will lead along the tunnel on the mountain side at a distance of around 25 metres from the tunnel. In future, intersections will lead from the main tunnel tube to the safety gallery at intervals of 250 metres.
The safety gallery will run from east to west. Traffic flow will not be affected until 2020. Later on, the tunnel will have to be closed to traffic at night for a period of several weeks. The construction of the safety gallery is scheduled for completion by approximately 2022.
- Date of handover of Leissigen tunnel to traffic: 23 June 1994
- Length: 2,100 metres
- Duration of construction of emergency gallery: 2018 to 2022
- Costs for construction of emergency gallery: Approx. 42 million Swiss francs