Status: 28.11.2023, 20:00 PM
Lots of road salt: Thomas Thieme, the head of the district building yard, and his team are prepared for the winter of 2023/24. The first mission last weekend went completely smoothly. © Griesser/LRA
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the "ice age" began for the district building yard. "We ran two shifts," says site manager Thomas Thieme.
" With the first sub-zero temperatures and a few snowflakes, early winter has also shown itself unmistakably in the district of Freising. For the team of the district building yard, the winter service has also begun," reports the district office. In the morning and evening, his employees went out with the gritting and clearing vehicles to keep the roads free of snow and ice.
Review and Comparison
Relatively dry and too warm. These five words can be used to sum up the past winter. For Thomas Thieme, "a rather quiet winter". After all, the team from the district building yard only had to complete 2022 winter service missions in the winter of 23/34. By comparison, in 2017/18 his troops were called out 78 times.
The consumption of road salt in the past "cold season" was also lower than in previous years at 765 tonnes – in 2017/18, the winter service employees had still distributed 1100 tonnes of salt on the district roads.
The "Weather Scouts"
Nevertheless, even a quieter winter is anything but boring, as Thieme and his deputy Stefan Karl know. The "weather scouts" have to keep an eye on the weather development night after night – and decide on the basis of their knowledge and experience whether and to what extent the winter service is necessary. In addition to access to the weather stations of the State Building Authority and the weather reports of the German Weather Service (DWD), the district building yard obtains its information from its own two road weather stations – at the radar station near Haindlfing and near Rudertshausen.
(By the way: Everything from the region is now also available in our regular Freising newsletter.)
If necessary, the "scouts" alert their team's colleagues by mobile phone. If there are no wintry road conditions, there is on-call duty from 3 a.m. to 22 p.m. This is the framework of the legal obligation to clear and gritting. In extreme winter road conditions on the approximately 280 kilometres of road for which the district building yard is responsible, the operation can be carried out around the clock.
As every year, the two grit halls at the district building yard in Zolling are well filled: a total of 3700 tons of road salt are currently waiting to be used. 21 Bauhof employees are assigned to the winter service – in three shifts of seven employees each: early shift (from 3 a.m.), late shift (until 21 p.m.), free shift. Of course, the six incident commanders also divide up their work and keep an eye on the weather and the roads in the district around the clock.
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"We've been ready to go for a long time, winter can come," says Thomas Thieme, head of the district building yard. There are five vehicles available, which can be equipped with snow plough and wet salt spreader. In addition, the district has access to three external companies. Tg