Local news translated – Aug 8, 2023

Graphic by U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

Host Nation Update, Aug 8, 2023

Weather in Stuttgart and the region – Summer comeback

Tuesday is already much friendlier than the past few days with a mix of sun and clouds. On Wednesday, there may still be showers in Stuttgart in the morning, according to a spokesman for the German Weather Service (DWD). But already in the afternoon, the clouds are supposed to clear up again and prepare for a sunny evening. The temperature highs are around 23 degrees.  Thursday and Friday are expected to be the most beautiful days of the week. There will be a lot of sun and peak values of 29 degrees on Friday in Stuttgart.  On Saturday and Sunday it will be “a little more changeable,” the weather expert further explains. While there may be isolated showers on Saturday, thunderstorms are also possible in places on Sunday. However, temperatures will remain at 27 to 29 degrees.   A cautious outlook for the next week also shows that summer will stay with us for now. “It will probably even be really warm up to 30 degrees and beyond,” the DWD said. Welcome back, summer! (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 8)


Starry sky -When can the “Perseids” be seen?

August holds not only some warm summer nights, but also a fascinating spectacle in the night sky: the Perseids shooting stars. Some can already be observed.

“At the same time, you should have as free all-round view as possible, for example on a hill,” says astronomer and VdS spokeswoman Carolin Liefke. One should lie down in a clear night simply on a meadow with free sky view and look upward. Approximately against 3 o’clock at night the observation conditions are best. Perseids can also be observed in the evening, but then there are probably significantly fewer. It is also important to pay attention to the weather conditions. The astronomers expect the maximum of the Perseids however also only Sunday morning. “In the nights to Thursday and to Friday it is already clear and also on the weekend we do not expect a dense cloud cover,” explains a DWD meteorologist. “Maybe it won’t be completely starry, but it should be enough.” Where do the Perseids get their name? The Perseids are a recurring meteor stream that results in many shooting stars each year in mid-August. They consist of the disintegration products of a comet.

They get their name because they appear to originate in the constellation Perseus. This lies below the often familiar big W, Cassiopeia. Some of the shooting stars can already be observed. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 8)


Vacation construction sites in Stuttgart – Kilometer-long detours around the “Echterdinger Ei” (Echterdinger egg)

Those who do not necessarily have to drive through the “Echterdinger Ei” or on the B 27 in the coming days of August should avoid the traffic junction from Wednesday, August 9. This applies above all to road users traveling in the direction of Tübingen or Stuttgart. Due to the roadway reconstruction between Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Stuttgart-Fasanenhof, only one lane will be available in both directions. Since some access and exit ramps in the Echterdinger Ei are also closed, motorists will have to accept detours that are several kilometers long in some cases.

The Stuttgart Regional Council (RP) has divided the project into two phases, the first lasting from August 18 to 21, the second beginning on Friday, August 25 and lasting until Monday, August 28. The B 27 between Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Stuttgart-Fasanenhof will receive a new road surface over a distance of around 1.5 kilometers. During the work, one directional lane of the B 27 will be closed on each of the two weekends. All traffic will be guided in two-way traffic on the other lane. Only one lane will be available in both directions.

The first construction phase in the direction of Stuttgart begins on Friday, August 18, 8 p.m. During the first construction phase, road users will not be able to exit the A 8 from Karlsruhe onto the B 27 in the direction of Stuttgart at the Stuttgart-Degerloch junction (Echterdinger Ei). Likewise, the entrance to the B 27 at the Leinfelden-Echterdingen-Nord junction in the direction of Stuttgart will be closed during this time. Stuttgart can only be reached from Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Karlsruhe via the L 1192 to the Stuttgart-Flughafen/Messe junction and then via the A 8 back to the Stuttgart-Degerloch junction. During the first construction phase, it will also not be possible to join the A 8 from the B 27 coming from Tübingen at the Stuttgart-Degerloch junction (Echterdinger Ei) in the direction of Karlsruhe and in the direction of Munich. Drivers must take the B 312 at the Leinfelden-Echterdingen-Süd exit. Truck traffic must remain on the B 27 and turn around at the SI center to continue to the A 8.

Between August 21 and 24, the traffic routing will be changed at night for the second construction phase. For safety reasons, one lane in each direction will have to be closed again at night. Subsequently, the road surface between the Leinfelden-Echterdingen-Mitte junction and the Stuttgart-Fasanenhof junction in the direction of Tübingen will be renewed from Friday, August 25, at around 8 p.m., probably until Monday, August 28, at around 5 a.m. During this construction phase, it will not be possible to exit the A 8 from Munich and Karlsruhe onto the B 27 in the direction of Tübingen at the Stuttgart-Degerloch junction. Coming from Munich, Tübingen can be reached via the route AS Stuttgart-Flughafen/Messe – L 1192 – Leinfelden-Echterdingen-Mitte. On the other hand, you can exit onto the B 27 towards Stuttgart at the Stuttgart-Degerloch exit and turn around at the SI-Zentrum exit. Coming from Karlsruhe, Tübingen can only be reached via the route AS Stuttgart-Degerloch – Stuttgart-Flughafen/Messe – L 1192 – AS Leinfelden-Echterdingen-Mitte.  Tübingen can only be reached from Karlsruhe via the exhibition center (Messe). From August 28 to 31, the median strip crossings will be removed at night. Even then, one lane in each direction will have to be closed.

The roadway renovation in this section is part of a large construction measures on the B27 between the Filder and Stuttgart city center. Traffic has steadily increased in the section in the past. A traffic count in the 2010s counted nearly 85,000 cars and trucks on weekdays between the Echterdinger Ei and the Stuttgart city limits. Relief also includes the idea of widening part of the B 27 on the Filder from four to six lanes. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 8)