Host Nation Update, August 12, 2021
Turning away from Corona incidence numbers – Is there hope for the Cannstatter Wasen (local Volksfest) after all?
Stuttgart – Despite Baden-Württemberg’s departure from rigid incidence rules, the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart will remain canceled until further notice. “There has been no change to the decision so far”. The city of Stuttgart had already decided in mid-June to again cancel the second largest folk festival in Germany. It should have taken place from September 24 to October 10, 2021.
Before Corona, some 3.5 million to 4 million people attended the folk festival each year. Showmen and vendors were authorized to feature booths and rides within the city of Stuttgart, instead. Baden-Württemberg had announced on Wednesday the departure from the rigid incidence rules. Starting next Monday, all people in the southwest will be authorized to participate in social life again, regardless of the number of new infections – provided they are vaccinated, recovered or tested. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 12)
7-DAY-INCIDENCE (7-D-I) RATES FROM LGA:
| 7-D-I | Chng
Baden-Württemberg | 21.4 | 2.2
USAG STUTTGART FOOTPRINT:
County | 7-D-I | Chng
LK Böblingen | 12.7 | 1.8
SK Stuttgart | 27.5 | 3.0
LK Esslingen | 23.2 | 3.8
LK Ludwigsburg | 24.2 | 4.9
LK Tübingen | 10.5 | 2.2
LK Calw | 15.7 | 1.3
Rail traffic in Baden-Württemberg – Still restrictions due to strike
Stuttgart – The rail strike by the train conductors’ union continued to severely disrupt train services in Baden-Württemberg on Thursday. Deutsche Bahn deployed additional trains to mitigate the consequences in long-distance traffic. These trains were running between Karlsruhe/Stuttgart and Frankfurt Airport, among other places. The replacement timetable continues to apply. The strike is expected to last until Friday night. S-Bahn trains in the Stuttgart area are affected, as well. In the southwest, the suburban trains in the greater Stuttgart area are heavily affected by the strike. According to the Stuttgart Transport and Tariff Association (VVS), they are to run at hourly intervals on the important lines in the state capital, if possible. The union is fighting for more money and better working conditions for its employees. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 12)
Traffic Chaos at Stuttgart Pragsattel (close-by R.B. area)
Stuttgart – A truck trailer has tipped over on the Pragsattel in Stuttgart. The accident occurred on Thursday around 12:15 pm, according to police. Both lanes of the B27 had to be closed, the recovery of the vehicle is still ongoing. Motorists must expect traffic obstructions in the area. It’s still unclear how the accident happened, however, no one got injured. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten Aug 12)
Road from Böblingen to Goldberg closed over the weekend
Böblingen – Once again, a road closure is indirectly related to the A81 expansion – which has actually not even really started yet. This weekend, the Sindelfingen road from Böblingen to Goldberg will be closed. Between Talstraße and Waldenbucher Straße, the road will be fully closed in both directions on Saturday, August 14, and Sunday, August 15. The Rankbach bridge over the A81 is being rebuilt for train traffic. This affects the Sindelfinger Straße exit ramp onto Leibnizstraße coming from Sindelfingen. This traffic routing has already been in place since February and will remain until the bridge is built. The detour will be via Wolfgang-Brumme-Allee and Rudolf-Diesel-Strasse or via Böblingen-Ost, i.e. past the thermal spa and via Stuttgarter Strasse. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 12)
A 81 extension – Böblinger Straße: Roadway to be relocated
Böblingen – As part of the widening of the A 81 between the Sindelfingen-Ost and Böblingen-Hulb junctions, traffic will be rerouted on the district road 1073 between Böblingen and Dagersheim from Thursday, August 12. The bridge near Real-Markt will be prepared for demolition and new construction in the coming weeks.
Traffic on Böblinger Straße has already been reduced in recent days from two lanes in each direction to one lane each way in preparation for the traffic rerouting. According to a press release, starting Thursday morning, traffic in the direction of Böblingen will be shifted to the northern side of the K 1073, leaving the two southern lanes free for preparatory construction work. The traffic rerouting begins in the area between the intersection of Dornierstrasse/Gottlieb-Daimler-Strasse/Böblinger Strasse and the bridge structure over the A 81 and extends on the Böblingen side to just before the intersection of Böblinger/Calwer Strasse/Heinkelstrasse/Flugfeldallee. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Aug 11)