Start work on the traffic island on B2 in Starnberg

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The last part of the northern approach to the B 2 tunnel is the intersection Gautinger / Münchner / Uhdestraße (in a photo from before the start of the expansion). A 50 meter long traffic island will be installed next week. © Andrea Jaksch

The most obvious intention with this year’s B 2 tunnel project is to be addressed next week: the construction of a 50-meter-long traffic island at the intersection Gautinger Strasse / Uhdestrasse.

Starnberg – World politics does not even stop at the small district town of Starnberg. For during the G7 summit in Elmau at the end of June, the entire B 2 from Starnberg to the edge of the Alps must be free of construction sites. The federal government ordered it that way because the federal highway is the detour for the Garmisch Autobahn. What does this have to do specifically with Starnberg? The state building authority in Weilheim must step on the gas with its construction work on the federal highway. “From the 23rd to the 28th of June, there must be no traffic disruptions on the B 2,” says Oliver Schneider, senior construction manager for the tunnel project, in an interview with Starnberger Merkur.

The construction site is planned from 5 May to 3 June

Construction of the traffic island at the intersection B 2 / Gautinger Strasse / Uhdestrasse will begin next week. It will be about 50 meters long, up to 2.50 meters wide and green in front and behind. There will be a traffic light on the island for pedestrians who will probably have to cross the main road at this point. The current traffic light system will be closed down for this purpose. It is no longer necessary because in the future motorists will only be able to turn right at this junction from all four directions (or drive straight on along the B 2).

“The redevelopment pursues the basic goal of optimizing traffic flow, the closer you get to the north portal,” reads a statement from the Danish Building Authority. The main access to the commercial area should be via Petersbrunner Strasse by then.

The construction of the construction site is planned for the night from Thursday 5 May to Friday 6 May. From this point on, only one lane will be temporarily available in the road worker area on the way into town. Out of town it remains with two lanes. It was considered at short notice to set up a change lane – in the morning into the city, in the afternoon out of the city – says Schneider. Even after consultation with the police and the district office, it turned out not to be possible. According to the authority, the construction period is “probably four weeks until Friday, June 3”. Then, but before the G7 summit, there are plans to finish the top tier in the area, Schneider says. For this purpose, work should be done 24 hours a day over two weekends to keep the disabilities as low as possible.

However, these can not be avoided during the construction of the traffic island. It is then not possible to turn left onto Gautinger Strasse and right onto Uhdestrasse from the direction of the city center. It is also not possible to turn onto Uhdestrasse from the direction of the Autobahn. The detour will take place via Perchastraße.

Possibility of access to petrol stations and companies

However, there is access to the Esso petrol station, the drinks market and the gym on Münchner Straße. From the petrol station, road users can also drive onto Uhdestraße and from there continue onto the B 2 in the direction of the motorway. The existing pedestrian traffic light at the same height as the Pharmatechnik company is in operation, the pavement in front of the Esso petrol station can be used.

According to construction manager Schneider, the construction of the traffic island is the most obvious project that will be carried out this year as part of the tunnel project in Starnberg. The necessary but rather conspicuous relocations of departments have so far been a success, he emphasizes.

Most recently, the city council had considered postponing the construction of the traffic island to later years. However, the Danish Building Authority put a stop to them. “If the city had made contact in the middle of last year, it would not have been a problem,” Schneider says now. Since then, however, the work has progressed further. At the intersection with Gautinger Strasse, the traffic light has already been reduced to such an extent that at present there is only a temporary solution – which will disappear this year and be replaced by the new traffic light.

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