Since 1. August the residents of the through road need good nerves. Since that day, the vehicles on the way to schweinfurt have been passing through dietersdorf, gemunda and autenhausen, among other places, instead of the federal highway on the state road 2204. The closure at oberelldorf is expected to last until the end of the year because the local thoroughfare is being widened there.
"Catastrophic" rosemarie scharpf describes the situation. 39 trucks paid them in the beginning in half an hour. On the very first evening, a truck damaged the canopy of her house. No wonder, after all, the building reaches almost to the edge of the road due to the lack of a sidewalk. "As a result, we put up plant cubbies in front of the house", says scharpf. Neighbors did the same.
"The trucks drive so far that you think they’ll take you with them", confirms nicole scharpf, who lives just a few meters away. It is particularly problematic when trucks meet at the bottleneck. The only way to get past each other is on the sidewalk. The locals say that once there were even twelve trucks blocking the road because they couldn’t get out of the way due to the garbage cans standing at the edge of the road for emptying. Nicole scharpf is particularly worried about how the children will get safely to the bus stop after the vacations are over. As a precaution, she has locked away the bicycle of her youngest, nine-year-old kevin, for the time being.
Last week the scharpfs spontaneously painted a sign: "here is no race track!" The 37-year-old scharpf would rather have the trucks out of her village sooner rather than later. Although the drivers "are only doing their job", admits the danger to their lives mario ruckemann. He has been behind the wheel of a truck and knows the time pressure the drivers are under. His girlfriend nods and says: "sure, they have to make up their time. Then they drive like crazy."
There is no alternative
Project manager harald schnappauf from the kronach service center of the bamberg state construction office, who is responsible for the expansion, cannot give you much hope that the traffic situation will end soon: "we do not have an adequate detour at our disposal." Stopping a major artery like the 303 is problematic. While the road is being expanded, traffic will eventually have to go somewhere. That getting through the villages "is not easy" is better, schnappauf admits, but on the other hand, "a state road must be able to withstand a certain amount of traffic.
After on-site visits and payments, schnappauf has the impression of "manageable, albeit increased traffic". Nevertheless, the information from residents is taken seriously. The project manager promises: "if the traffic situation gets out of hand, we will react." The city of seblach also responded to the concerns and fears of the citizens of burg, says bernd vogt, and points to the improvements that have already been made along the detour route.
Protests have also been received by the district administration, as timo sommerluksch from the road traffic authority confirms. Since autenhausen and gemunda would otherwise have been in a "happy situation" living with little traffic, the current traffic situation hits localities particularly hard. "But this is a limited time", sommerluksch appeals for understanding.
Rough detours via highways 70, 71, 73 and federal highways 4 and 173 were intended to relieve the local detour, but these detours were little used, at least initially. After a local meeting on 17. After a local meeting on august 17, the speed limit was partially reduced in the thoroughfares, stopping bans were imposed, and a traffic light was installed for pedestrians in dietersdorf. According to nicole scharpf, the signs with speed 30, which the residents had wanted, do not cause drivers to take their foot off the gas – just as speed limit signs do not.
Scharpf thought radar controls were better. "They were theoretically possible – but practically difficult", says ulrich bosecker of the coburg police department. According to the guidelines, one must keep a distance of 200 meters to the protruding traffic sign. Then they were already in the center of autenhausen, where all road users are forced to drive slowly because of the curve. Harald schnappauf also believes in "mabige" only successes with such controls: "they caught one or two foreigners, but certainly some locals as well."
Subjectively, the speed may seem high to the residents, but according to his impression, some of the traffic has already sought other routes "this usually takes one to two weeks"." By september at the latest, hardly any trucks will be using the current alternative route, predicts sommerluksch: "then we’ll close the B 303 near ahorn once again."