Construction projects update, Jan. 24: DPW advises about work on Kelley, Patch & Panzer

Directorate of Public Works
USAG Stuttgart

UPDATE, Jan. 24: DPW reports both lanes on Texas Strasse, Patch Barracks, opened for traffic yesterday afternoon. Top layers with the asphalt layer will be done later by the contractor, winter weather permitting. For the work at parking area in front of Bldg. 2316, the contractor is trying to meet the scheduled dates, subject to winter weather that could take longer. 

Also, parking spots along Texas Street on the side of  Bldg. 2316 are slated to be blocked, Jan.  28 – Feb. 1, for tree care work to be done. The contractor will block the required parking spaces. Again, this is contingent upon the weather.

UPDATE, Jan. 16: According to DPW, the balcony repair project is on Panzer Kaserne, not Patch Barracks. The story has been corrected.

UPDATE, Jan. 15, 2019

Kelley Barracks
The contractor performing the sewer line repair work on Ash Street, Kelley Barracks, resumed work today, Jan. 15.  Ash Street will be closed in the area immediately in front of Bldg. 3358.  Access to Kelley Barracks’ main parking lot must be accessed via Maple Street.  

Panzer Kaserne Balconies
Regarding the ongoing balcony project, the delay in the process has been slower due to the holidays and weather. DPW sent out emails to some Panzer residents, Jan. 4, explaining the project timeline in greater detail. According to DPW, a lesson learned from a project on Robinson Barracks a few years ago was that heavy metal balconies must be put in place with a boom lift type forklift. That forklift is heavy and has large rubber tires, and if driven in the wet and soggy grass areas surrounding buildings, it will create large, deep ruts. At RB, significant damage was caused to the grass areas leading to and surrounding the residential buildings there. 

Also, DPW spoke to the project manager about tiding up and tightening up the storage and work areas to ensure that all construction material is in its proper place. Should residents notice infractions, please let DPW know immediately so that it can take action. If residents have concerns with the new base maintenance contract, a DPW representative will be happy to discuss them.

Intersection of Arkansas and Texas streets, Patch Barracks, Jan. 8. Photo by Kevin Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Patch Barracks Texas Strasse
Regarding the road work on Texas Strasse in front of Bldg. #2316 that began Jan. 7 will continue through Jan 23, weather permitting. Last week, work was interrupted due to snow and ice weather conditions. The northbound lane of Texas inbound from the main gate is closed and is expected to reopen by Jan. 23. Detour signage will be posted again. To access housing, residents must make a left onto Arkansas Strasse when entering the installation and follow the detour signs around Washington Square; if entering from the K&K gate, continue straight and follow the detour around. Work in front of Bldg. #2316 will be continued until  Jan. 31, subject to weather that could take longer. The road behind Bldg. 2315 will be blocked until Jan. 18. Parking spaces will also be blocked in front of Bldg. 2301 until Jan 18 and  in front of Bldg. 2316 until Jan. 31. Parking is possible in front of Bldg. 2302.

UPDATE, Jan. 8, 2019: A detour is in place near the Patch Barracks main gate. The sudden roadwork is expected to conclude by the end of the week.

Motorists will have to turn on to Arkansas Strasse and loop around Washington Square, around Finance Row and then back. Traffic on Texas is one way; today it is southbound in the direction toward off-post.

UPDATE, Jan. 7, 2019: Due to the current weather conditions, work on Ash Strasse, Kelley Barracks, has been postponed one week and will resume on Monday,  Jan. 14, weather permitting, instead of Jan. 7. as originally scheduled to resume after the holiday break.

The following are updates to ongoing projects around the garrison.

Kelley Sewer
This project is 70 percent complete. Ash Strasse was open to traffic on Dec. 22 and will remain open until Jan. 6, after which it will close again On Jan. 7.  The work in front of the Child Development Center and buildings 3306 and 3307 area is complete.  The German Kantine parking area has reopened. Currently, the working the area is next to shoppette.  Work required on Oak Strasse in front of flagpole area is tentatively scheduled for February.

Kelley Fitness Center
This project is 90 percent complete. Fire alarm and sprinkler systems were tested Dec. 19. The gym mezzanine and court areas were turned over for use Dec. 20; work continues on the gym interior. Work on restrooms adjacent to court area are scheduled for completion in March.