Weixdorf: Highway Strip

Autobahnabschnitt ABA Dresden, Ottendorf-Okrilla Highway Strip

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CoordinatesN510937 E0134729 (WGS84) Google Maps
Former East GermanyDistrict of Dresden
Federal stateSachsen (Saxony)
Map with location of Weixdorf Highway Strip, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Weixdorf
by Bert Kondruss


Approximately 2 km northeast of Dresden Airport, a section of the GDR motorway A 6 (today motorway A 4) Dresden - Görlitz was intended for operation with military aircraft. It was recognisable by a continuously paved central strip. In the East German National People's Army (NVA), this section had the airfield number 2034. Communication-wise, it was connected to Dresden Airport. Today, this section has been converted back into a normal motorway.

During the Cold War

Usage during the Cold War

Highway strip.


Weixdorf Highway Strip, Germany, on a US satellite image 1965
Weixdorf Highway Strip (long red arrow) and Dresden Airport (at the bottom) on a US satellite image from 04 October 1965 - The small red arrow points to a road from the airport to the autobahn. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Highway strip near Dresden, East Germany
The highway strip in full length. - To the south-west of the centre, a bridge leads over the motorway. Besides, the section doesn't seem to be fully straight. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Motorway near Weixdorf, Germany
Northeastern end - You can see the transition to a continuously paved central strip. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Bridge across the motorway Dresden-Görlitz, Germany
Bridge (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Southwestern end
Southwestern end (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Another short section with paved central strip in the area of a bridge a little further south.
Another short section with paved central strip in the area of a bridge a little further south. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Connection path between Dresden Airport, GDR, and the highway strip
Junction of the connection path to the airport (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)


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