Local news translated – Oct 30, 2023

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Host Nation Update, Oct. 30, 2023

Böblingen: Groundbreaking for the Cycle Highway Bridge over Panzerstraße.

Measuring 200 meters in length and boasting a width of five meters, the construction of the cycle highway bridge over Böblingen’s Panzerstraße officially commenced with a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony. This structure, arching gracefully over the well-known county road 1057 at the intersection of Römerstraße and Waldburgstraße, is slated for completion in September 2024. Out of the total construction cost of 5.8 million euros, 3.8 million euros are provided by the state, with an additional 767,000 euros contributed by the federal government. The bridge is an integral part of the Cycle Highway 1 (RS 1), inaugurated in 2019, which connects Stuttgart-Rohr to Böblingen and Sindelfingen. Currently, approximately twelve kilometers of the RS 1 have been completed: eight kilometers between Stuttgart and Böblingen and Sindelfingen since May 2019, two kilometers between Böblingen and Ehningen since May 2020, and two kilometers between Ehningen and Gärtringen since summer 2023.

The objective: a continuous route from Stuttgart to Herrenberg. Currently in the planning stages is a 900-meter-long section, scheduled for construction in 2024 or 2025, which will bridge the gap between Böblingen and Ehingen. A feasibility study is underway for the stretch from Ehningen through Nufringen to Herrenberg. It is envisioned that by 2027 or 2028, it will be possible to ride continuously on the RS 1 from Stuttgart to Herrenberg, according to District Administrator Roland Bernhard.

(SZBZ Mattias Staber 27.October 2023)


Kreis Böblingen: Where hunters learn to shoot.

The Hunting School of the District Hunters Association Böblingen provides the foundation for entering the world of hunting. District of Böblingen. Anyone wishing to go hunting in Germany requires a valid hunting license. This is only issued after passing the hunter’s exam – because with it begins not only a new hobby, but a new attitude towards life that influences daily actions and thoughts. 

A hunter perceives nature with different eyes and notices details that go unnoticed by many forest visitors. And so, it is also his duty to minimize game damage in the forest and fields. Minimum Age: 16 Years The minimum age for the hunter’s exam is 16 years. From the age of 16, candidates receive the youth hunting license, and from 18 years onwards, the unrestricted hunting license. Beforehand, participants undergo a police background check: a flawless certificate of good conduct must be provided. Only those deemed reliable by the authorities are admitted to the hunter’s exam. “Furthermore, one should naturally have a great interest and willingness to learn. The necessary basic and specialized knowledge will then be taught in the preparatory course at the Hunting School by various specialist lecturers,” says Gerhard Malisi, Head of the Hunting School KJV Böblingen. The training runs from September to May of the following year. 130 Hours of Instruction “Participants must be able to demonstrate at least 130 hours of theoretical and practical instruction for the exam.” In Baden-Württemberg, there is a hunting exam regulation and a curriculum. The Hunting School of the District Hunters Association Böblingen has its own training room at the Mönchsbrunnen shooting range in Sindelfingen. “All hunting-related parts of the shooting training take place at the shooting range. Here, handling firearms is also learned, and the practical shooting test is completed,” says Gerhard Malisi. ( SZBZ Martina Kalus 29.October 2023)


Sindelfingen/Böblingen: Closed Bridge Causes Congested Roads

Böblingen/Sindelfingen. A congested Rudolf-Diesel-Straße in Sindelfingen and bumper-to-bumper traffic in Wolfgang-Brumme-Allee in Böblingen were the consequences of the bridge closure between Sindelfingen and Böblingen. Progress was slow for drivers over the weekend who used the detour route towards Böblingen. And for motorists, patience will continue to be required: The bridge between Böblinger and Sindelfinger Straße is expected to remain closed until November 3rd. In this section of the highway, the new bridge over the autobahn will be completed in the coming months as part of the A81 expansion and connected to the road networks of Böblingen and Sindelfingen. This time, the drainage of the new bridge structure will be connected to the existing canal in Böblinger Straße, and the existing traffic safety measures will be modified for the coming months.

Bus services are also affected by the bridge closure. Bus line 701 will no longer be able to serve the stops at Sindelfinger Straße and Goldberg-Gymnasium. The Sindelfinger Straße stop will be completely eliminated in both directions. The replacement stop for Goldberg-Gymnasium is the Tübinger Allee stop.

Following the end of the bridge closure on November 3rd, Leibnizstraße between the Mercedes-Benz Werk Sindelfingen, Branch Böblingen (Smart-Areal), and Sindelfinger Straße will be fully closed, expected to begin on Saturday, November 4th, until the anticipated end of 2023.

During this time, all access to properties on Leibnizstraße will only be possible coming from Friedrich-Gerstlacher-Straße. The underpass of Leibnizstraße under the autobahn south of Peter-Schaufler-Platz will be reopened for traffic after the completion of the utility relocation work by Stadtwerke Sindelfingen, expected to be at the end of November.(SZBZ Peter Maier 29. October 2023)


Böblingen/Sindelfingen: Scaffold on the A81 Ensures Safety for Drivers

Temporary structure on the autobahn is 25 meters long.

Böblingen/Sindelfingen: The A81 between Böblingen and Sindelfingen, along with the surrounding areas, are undergoing constant changes as part of the expansion project. Currently, a structure on the autobahn is causing speculation among commuters and pedestrians alike, especially for those who can see it from the Leipziger Straße bridge. It’s referred to as a “temporary protective scaffold.”

What is the purpose of enclosing the lanes? “It is a temporary protective scaffold for guiding traffic during the construction phase of the A81,” explains Johannes Kuhn, Project Manager at Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH. North of the current path of the A81, a tunnel is being constructed – and right next to the protective scaffold, an operational building is planned. Since the operational building, with its attached staircases, is slightly wider and about five meters taller than the actual tunnel, “there is a potential risk that objects or tools could fall onto the A81 during the construction period,” says Kuhn. Hence, the protective structure is necessary.

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