Pisa traffic lights remain: Waiting is a tradition

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Of: George Dickkopf

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This crooked traffic light has been at Lennekreuz since the end of 2021. A repair is not expected until 2023. After all, a quote is available after ten months. © Dickkopf

In Lüdenscheid and also in Plettenberg, many are upset about how long it will take before the demolition of the old Rahmedetalbrücke and the construction of the new Rahmedetalbrücke can begin on the A45 in Lüdenscheid.

Plettenberg – When it comes to patience, the people of Lüdenscheid can still learn from the people of Plettenberg, because here they waited for decades for the bypass (keyword Westtangente) including the tunnel. The first civil protests on the pasture were already in 1978. In January 1979, the Süderländer Tagesblatt reported something about a possible tunnel with a total length of 700 meters. After that, it would be another 20 years before it was groundbreaking and 27 years before it was finished, which was made possible in 2006 thanks to private pre-financing of the project of 50 million euros.

The tunnel has been closed from time to time since then, but you can see how much it has provided if you are stuck in a traffic jam on Bahnhofstrasse when the tunnel is closed.

The bridge over the railway in Ohle was planned in 2004 and is finished after two years of construction.  The pedestrian bridge on Nordstraße should be finished by the end of the month.
The bridge over the railway in Ohle was planned in 2004 and is finished after two years of construction. The pedestrian bridge on Nordstraße should be finished by the end of the month. © Mayer

Much more patience is required when it comes to the Elsetal relief road. According to Klaus Ising, the bypass for heavy traffic was already mentioned 30 years ago in the traffic development plan 1991/92. Meanwhile, some company bosses in Plettenberg have also openly expressed doubts about the necessity of the route in the originally planned form. Which route will now be implemented, whether a light version can also be considered, and what the entire project will cost in light of the price increases is currently largely open.

Development plan drawn up 18 years ago

The overpass on Nordstraße in Ohle is no longer open for this. The corresponding Ölmühle development plan was presented in July 2004, i.e. 18 years ago. After that, nothing happened for decades, which was almost entirely due to Deutsche Bahn. Both bridges are to be completed this year.

A pedestrian bridge has been planned at this point of the bypass for 14 years.  When it will be built is still open.
A pedestrian bridge has been planned at this point of the bypass for 10 years. It will now be built in 2023. © Dickkopf, Georg

The Plettenbergers were also put off several times when it came to the pedestrian bridge on Schlieffenstraße. CDU councilor Klaus Ising had already called for the relatively small bridge in 2012, but nothing will be implemented this year either. First, documents for the retaining wall were missing, and now the wall’s statics are said to be insufficient. According to the head of the building authority, construction should now be completed in 2023.

Two years ago, Mayor Ulrich Schulte presented the state of affairs regarding the Elsetal relief road.  The road has been planned for 30 years.
Two years ago, Mayor Ulrich Schulte presented the state of affairs regarding the Elsetal relief road. The road has been planned for 30 years. © Dickkopf, Georg

Basically, in the Sauerland, something that has been around for a long time has tradition. The Pisa traffic light at Lennekreuz can quickly get this status, because the traffic light that has been on at half past eight since the end of last year apparently has a protection status and cannot be repaired immediately.

But in any case: When he was asked for the last time at Straßen.NRW spokesman Andreas Berg, he could announce that after ten months (!) there was at least one offer for the repair. You are tied to a company that also has a maintenance contract on the traffic lights in Plettenberg.

Unfortunately, the delivery time for the mast is now another four months, so repairs are unlikely to be made this year. But I guess no one seriously expected that…

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