Onset of winter in the district of Dachau: Immediately there were many traffic accidents on snow-slick roads.
The roads are now easier to drive again.
The road maintenance departments in the district and in the city have made sure of that - they are well equipped for the winter.
The first snow fell on December 1st and caused some chaos (we reported).
The roads are now free again thanks to the road maintenance service.
The building yards in the district are well prepared for this winter season.
The municipal building yard takes care of around 150 kilometers of streets plus sidewalks and bike paths.
There are four to 50 employees working with up to 24 vehicles, but also on foot.
How many are actually used depends on demand, according to city building yard manager Kurt Ladehof.
It is important to him that the residents also lend a hand and clear the public footpaths in front of their properties and make them non-slip.
“We cannot be in all places at the same time,” says Ladehof.
“That is why the cooperation of the residents is very important.” Citizens are obliged to do so by municipal statutes, but according to the loading yard, most do it voluntarily anyway.
The employees of the municipal building yard with the support of urban greenery and external companies clear the streets from 4 a.m. and ensure winter maintenance in three shifts until 11 p.m.
1000 tons of salt in stock
The Dachau construction yard has a total of 1000 tons of salt in storage, distributed over three silos.
In addition, the clearing vehicles scatter grit, expanded shale and brine onto the streets.
The latter is a mixture of dry salt and a solution of magnesium chloride.
According to the loading yard, this has the advantage that the street does not have to be moistened.
"So the mixture starts working much faster," he says.
As soon as snowfall is announced, the city building yard and that of the district send exploratory vehicles.
From 2 or 3 a.m., they check the streets for temperature, moisture, ice, snow and mud.
Depending on the situation, the building yards can then initiate the appropriate measures, such as clearing the streets or sprinkling them with salt.
According to the district office, 16 employees take care of the 155 kilometers of district roads with four gritting and clearing trucks and two exploratory transporters.
The district has 8,000 tons of road salt ready in its salt hall for the scatter command.
It starts at 4 a.m.
The clearing and gritting vehicles move out by 4 a.m. at the latest and, according to the District Office, ensure that the roads are open again until rush hour.
Although the road maintenance department ensures that drivers arrive at their destination as safely as possible despite the snow, people react differently.
"Some understand, others don't," says the press release.
In the municipality of Indersdorf, the employees of the building yard are on the move on around 150 kilometers of municipal roads.
Compared to the municipal construction yard, however, fewer vehicles take care of winter maintenance - four of their own clearing vehicles and a subcontractor (more on this on site eight).
"Then there are the employees who use shovels to take care of all the places such as stairs or bus shelters," says construction yard manager Michael Eberhardt.