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Host Nation Update, July 27, 2021
Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Infection figures in southwest stagnate
Stuttgart – The Corona infection numbers in the southwest have initially stagnated at the beginning of the week. According to the state health department (as of 4 p.m. Monday), the seven-day incidence statewide fell slightly to 12.3, down from 12.4 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days on Sunday. The number of confirmed infections in Baden-Württemberg since the start of the pandemic increased by 100 to 504,406 since the previous day, according to official data. Compared to the previous day, 6 more deaths related to Corona infection were reported, bringing the total to 10,383. An estimated 491,532 infected persons are considered recovered (up 98). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 27)
Hundreds infected travelers to Spain in July
Stuttgart – In the first Corona summer of 2020, tourists arriving in Germany at times accounted for more than half of all infected persons recorded in the statistics. With the approaching wave of summer travel, the proportion is rising again in the current year. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), at least one in ten infections confirmed by laboratory tests in Germany occurred abroad. If only those cases are considered in which information on the place of infection is available, it is even one in five. The proportion is tending to rise, but has recently stagnated. Spain is by far the most frequent probable site of infection. The Mediterranean country was named in about one in three “travel-associated” infections. The numbers have been rising for weeks – from 47 infected travelers at the end of June to 389 in the past week. In total, 821 infected travelers returning from Spain were counted within four weeks. As of Tuesday, Spain is classified as a high incidence area. In concrete terms, this means that those who have not been vaccinated will have to spend at least five days in quarantine after their return. From the United Kingdom, also a high-incidence area, virtually no infected inbound travelers appear to have been counted – despite the European Football Championship. In addition to Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Turkey and Croatia are among the countries from which, according to the RKI, relatively more infected persons have entered the country – more than 100 in each of the past four weeks, with a clear upward trend in each case. Infected persons are also increasingly arriving from Greece. In total, almost 2,400 travelers who had presumably been infected abroad were recorded during this period. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 27)
Böblingen district Autobahn road construction
Böblingen –Two weeks ago, politicians broke ground for the widening of Autobahn 81 in the Böblingen/Sindelfingen area. Work on the feeder roads has already been underway for months; lanes had to be narrowed in both directions. As a result, traffic is more often coming to a standstill. This situation is likely to increase motorists’ desire for three instead of two lanes in each direction, and this will be the case by 2026.
On Saturday, four mighty steel girders floated through the air one after the other in the area of the Böblingen-Ost junction in the immediate vicinity of the Autobahn. The intent is that two district roads can be made free of intersections by means of a bridge and that the flow of customers to and from the Breuningerland shopping center can flow in and out more quickly. There will therefore be traffic obstructions until the end of 2021. The shopping center has already been accessible from Böblingen only via detours since mid-2020. “Netzkonzeption Ost” is the name for the complex road construction project with which the district is partially rerouting and building the arteries that connect Böblingen and Sindelfingen with Schönaich and Stuttgart-Vaihingen. A detour was set up last weekend for the bridge construction. All further work is to take place in the future with flowing traffic. A total of six lanes span the mighty iron girders, which look filigree at the site of their destination. “Now only the concrete and asphalt are missing, then the Christmas present is ready,” explained Panagiotis Sidioupulus, the head of the construction department at the Böblingen district office.
The reason for the project, now estimated at 17.6 million euros, is the widening and overlaying of the A 81. In the course of this major construction, the Böblingen-Ost junction is being completely redesigned. The district road coming from Schönaich (K 1057) and the district road leading to Stuttgart-Vaihingen (K 1055, better known as the “old B 14 or “frog road”) will be connected to this freeway feeder road.
From a bird’s eye view, this junction resembles a crooked pretzel and is the central structure for the new development of the district roads. There, Leibnizstrasse will be connected to the road to Stuttgart by bridge. The two district roads will also be connected to the A 81 at this point. Not only the customers of Breuningerland will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief, but also residents and commuters. Leibnizstrasse is to become Böblingen’s northern bypass. Once the highway has been widened, Leibnizstrasse will play an important role in the traffic concept. It will not only be extended to the northeast, but will also continue into Flugfeld on the other side. As a so-called transversal corridor, it will serve as a bypass for Böblingen’s city center and will relieve the traffic in it. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)