Wider sidewalks and a 20 (!) Speed limit for a better stay quality and noise reduction: Bruchköbel’s plans to redesign the inner ring also need to be carefully noted in Nidderau. Because here too, the structural reconstruction of the Heldenbergen thoroughfare from the former federal road to a local road is taking place.
Nidderau – Even if the situation cannot be compared one to one, Bruchköbler’s example shows what is possible in terms of traffic management and speed limits. In Nidderau, reducing speed is also one of the demands that are repeatedly reported to the town hall at every city meeting as well as through initiatives.
Latest example: CDU Eichen advocates a “pace zone 30” in the Obergasse / Friedhofstrasse area. There are many pedestrians on the road, especially in school traffic. In addition, for many Eichers, the path leads through this intersection to a bakery and a cemetery. The pedestrian crossing is adequately occupied. “Due to the unclear traffic situation at the intersection, dangerous situations regularly occur as many drivers are going too fast,” CDU Eichen notes in a current statement.
Last summer, Mayor Andreas Bär (SPD) met with the people of Ostheimer Strasse in Windecken. Finally, something must be done about traffic noise, and above all, the danger for schoolchildren and cyclists, who, according to residents, regularly flee from cars and trucks to the pavement. “It can’t always be that something has to happen before the authorities take action,” complained residents.
Successful initiatives to master
But that’s what it seems. A painful example of this is the introduction of the Tempo 70 system and traffic lights on the Nidderau bypass at the intersection towards Karben. It took several, even fatal, accidents until the measures long demanded by citizens, administrations and politics were implemented. Since then, the crossing has been almost accident-free.
Introduction Tempo 30 in Freiligrath and Rathenauring in Windecken were preceded by years of civil protests and talks between the city and the responsible state body of the Hessen Mobil. The speed limit is valid there around the clock.
In Ostheim, the inhabitants of Hanauer, Wonnecker and Sepp-Herberger-Straße suffer from heavy traffic. Relief may come from a new road in the area behind the construction site, in the “Mühlweide I” area. For this reason, the request of property owners to convert their gardens into building plots is currently being critically examined in committees so as not to literally block the possibility of such a relief loop (see info box). Also here in Ostheim, there is a demand for a speed limit of 30 on the thoroughfares to reduce noise from the inhabitants.
A chance for a path of relief?
One way to partially redirect the traffic flow through Ostheim, thus relieving the Wonnecker Strasse and the Zimmerplatz and Sepp-Herberger-Strasse bottlenecks, could be by building a road linking Landesstraße 3347 from Limeshain with the L3009 to Windecken connections. This road would pass through the ‘Mühlweide I’ area north of the municipality’s construction site. At the initiative of the property owners, committees and the administration are currently discussing the conversion of garden plots in the Heckenwingert / Heldenberger Weg area into living space. To this end, the sub-area would have to be removed from the scope of the legally binding land development plan “Mühlweide I” in the land use plan in order to develop it more flexibly as a residential area in accordance with § 34 BauGB. However, in Ostheim’s local advisory board, there are extra-lateral concerns about the project as the city could seize the opportunity to ease the traffic planning burden in the area through housing. As both Ostheimer CDU representative Hans Günter Frech and Chairman of the Urban Development, Infrastructure and Climate Protection Committee Helmut Brück (SPD) still see open questions that the administration needs to clarify, the topic was discussed in the city council at 10. to the commission in February. The representative of CDU Frech also defended himself against the accusations of property owners that he had a personal interest in this matter. According to Frech, both Frech, who is also a member of the local Ostheim advisory board, and Mayor Klaus Mehrling (SPD) were mentioned in the letter from the property owners’ representative. (wonder)
However, the city administration faces its limitations again and again. Hessen Mobil is responsible for national roads. Noise pollution is not measured on site but is calculated from traffic census data and road cross-section. And as long as the statistics do not show the frequency of accidents, there is nothing that can be done about speed limits.
In order to fundamentally change this situation, the red-green coalition asked the city of Nidderau to join the municipal initiative “Cities Worth Living at Reasonable Speed” at the last meeting of the city council, which was decided by a majority of votes. “This is to increase pressure on the federal government to create legal options so that municipalities can order 30 km / h as maximum speed in urban areas where they deem it necessary,” says the motion for a resolution. And further: “At the same time, the city council of Nidderau confirms its decision of June 28, 2017 to introduce a speed limit in the city of 30 km / h for noise protection and traffic safety.”
The opposition might still get used to joining the initiative. However, the 2017 decision to introduce a speed limit of 30 km / h across the city goes too far for the CDU and Free Voters. According to Anette Abel, the leader of the FWG, the speed limit is already 30 km / h in new development areas and in almost all side streets.
CDU and FWG against nationwide Tempo 30
Günter Brandt explained to the CDU that his group also saw the traffic obstruction. However, the nationwide speed limit is not necessarily accepted by the population and must also be monitored after 6 p.m. In this regard, he called for more regulatory office staff and targeted speed limits.
Does the city initiative that the city of Maintal joined in the fall have a chance of success? According to Mayor Bär, the new federal government intends to strengthen the municipalities in the area.
The CDU does not want to rely on it and therefore contacts the city administration directly with its latest demand for oaks. Because according to the CDU: in the case of Obergasse or the county road 851, it is not the Hessen Mobil that is responsible, but the city of Nidderau as the traffic authority. “In the opinion of the CDU, the target speed limits at dangerous points make more sense than the general speed limit of 30 km / h,” the party confirmed.
By the way: CDU MP Max Schad was also present on the site. Maybe he’ll take Nidderau’s various speed limit demands with him to the state government in Wiesbaden. It won’t hurt. (Jan Otto Weber)