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Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his wife Maike Kohl-Richter in Ludwigshafen (picture from 2015)

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Helmut Kohl's birthplace Ludwigshafen is getting a multi-lane street named after him: The city council approved the planned construction of the up to eight-lane Helmut-Kohl-Allee on Monday evening with a large majority. The ground-level city road is to replace the dilapidated Hochstraße Nord after its demolition by 2031. The costs – as of 2021 – are estimated at 528 million euros, with the federal and state governments participating.

The transport system in Ludwigshafen is also of great importance for commuters and entrepreneurs in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. Proponents of the project speak of a historic step that will change the second largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate. Critics, on the other hand, call the planned city street oversized.