After the accident: the call for the lerchenhof route is getting louder again in theisenort

Brakes squeak. Everyone holds their breath in suspense. Is it crashing or isn’t it crashing at the junction of state road 2200 with theisenort?? A driver was not paying attention and simply overlooked the blinker of the car in front of him. "This is normal" thomas friedlein from the TSF sports club shrugs his shoulders in perplexity. On this day, everything went well, but many people in theisenort are still in shock.

When, a few days ago, a semitrailer almost shaved off the cashier’s house and the annex to the sports home and surrounded the memorial stone, a last drop plopped into the barrel, causing it to overflow. Now it should finally be an end to the tug-of-war over the lerchenhof street. The spokesman for the citizens’ initiative, wolfgang franz, is slightly sarcastic: "we will soon be celebrating our 20th anniversary. Planning anniversary. Maybe we can do it before."

Some things probably love to plan themselves to death, the supporters of the route are convinced. The situation in theisenort is not an isolated case.

Autumn is here – but the decision is not

But you ask: how do you explain this to parents whose children have to cross this dangerous road several times a week?? To the parents, who are aware of the danger and tremble every time? Or the elderly who can no longer walk so quickly? Not only the representatives of the citizens’ initiative are blaming the federal government for the problem. Above all, the lawsuit against the zoning decision in 2016 has become a "never-ending story" once again a real boost. At the moment, all those involved are looking in the direction of the government of upper franconia, because that’s where it’s supposed to come from, the plan’s supplementary resolution. This has been announced for the fall of 2020. "We have that now" says wolfgang franz dryly "so the autumn."

Not only local councillors and the board of TSF sit around the table, but also mayor bernd rebhan (CSU). Who complains: "we have zero planning certainty, because the change lock of the affected landscape areas binds us to act. This is more than unsatisfactory. There is simply no clarity. Almost every day there are requests for the industrial area in schmolz, but we all have to dry up."

The accident has created an unsatisfactory situation, especially for the sports club, which has already been struggling with various problems this year. The TSF are now stuck with about 40,000 euros in renovation costs, which an expert had estimated. Ralf mausbacher says: "we have to wait and see, because we are dealing with a polish insurer". That can drag on up to a year, until the damage is regulated. But we can’t wait that long for the repair work. So we have to pay in advance." He does not look happy in this perspective; the skepticism can be read on his face.

The traffic is moving

Meanwhile, trucks and cars rush over the road one after the other. The noise is deafening. The critics no longer want to put up with this situation. "Something always has to happen before there is a reaction", so the tenor. This time, thank god, there was only property damage, they explain. But if there had been a regular game, there could easily have been dead or at least seriously injured. "But already we have what we did not want."

It is obvious that something must finally happen on this narrow road, which has numerous junctions. But which construction variant there will be, depends on the government. Wolfgang franz says with a firm voice: "the lerchenhof route is the best solution for everyone!" He put the number of vehicles currently rushing over this stretch at about 11,000. For theisenort and johannisthal, he therefore speaks of a significant increase in lamb traffic and a disproportionate increase in the potential for danger.

And this is how it is supposed to look, the lerchenhof route, from which one finally expects a solution that is acceptable to all: "with the lerchenhof route, the four-lane expansion of the federal highway 173 to the looping of kups takes place at a great distance past johannisthal. The new barrier of planted earth will protect residents from the noise emitted by the federal highway and will provide the first-ever protection against insects in johannisthal."

It goes on to explain: "when the B173 was being planned, the flood issue was also taken into account. The landscape consumption of the new route is opposed by the protection of all affected citizens." Since the existing biotopes in the rosenau area would be preserved, the landscape consumption would be reduced to the agricultural plains. The tramway administration will try to reach an amicable solution with the owners of these areas. "Protection of the burghers must have priority!"

Excessive planning

For the "opposite side elisabeth hoffmann, district chairwoman of the nature conservation association, rejoiced. She says: "the planning of both the roadway and the new four-lane road is totally exaggerated and not necessary at all. This is also shown by the traffic volume. The plans should be scaled back."

It would have been possible to add a third lane to the old route of the B173. That’s enough to overtake a truck. "We are talking about a landscape that has not been cut, and that should only be developed very gently."

Consequences not in sight

Hoffmann continues: "what i can’t understand is why the citizens of theisenort didn’t file a lawsuit a long time ago in order to get protection against larvae?" This question remains unanswered for the time being. Hoffmann adds to the "soft extension": "a traffic circle at the junction to johannisthal and in the direction of theisenort is planned anyway as a slip road."

It maintains that "excessive land consumption and a not so high traffic volume do not justify the construction of the lerchenhof road in any case. The road would be maintained anyway, so there would always be toll refugees. In order to change this situation, in your opinion, the trucks had to be diverted to the B173 beforehand.

People don’t realize, she says, how the construction of a road will really change the landscape in the long term. "It will be completely transformed. There will be huge bridges, looping curves and river loops will have to be relocated. These are drastic measures, and we of the federation nature conservation are the advocates of nature." There are other ways of calming traffic and diverting it more widely. "And accidents will also happen on four-lane roads, that can’t be prevented."

View of the authority

In the comparative analysis of the variants ("extension of st 2200") lerchenhof route"), which was drawn up by the state building authority, the lerchenhof route clearly wins – and in almost all of the ten points used for the comparison. It is attested to be a demand-oriented and safe regularization, which is above all economical. In addition, there would be a sustainable relief in the immediate vicinity of residential areas, an improvement of the quality of living and also a growing together of the community parts would be possible.

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