Traffic flow

Maj. Mike Young
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Three construction projects, from the simple and short, to the complex and long-term, reached milestones last month as traffic flow continues to improve here.

The East Gate re-opened Dec. 23, having closed Nov. 18 to both incoming and outgoing traffic.

“This closure was necessary to install movable barriers and lane dividers, as well as a vehicle turn-around spot,” said Michael Vonderschmitt, 435th Civil Engineer Squadron.

These additions allow for better traffic control and also improve the aesthetics of the gate area. The entire project was completed at a cost of $375,000.

The $1.6 million Kisling traffic circle entered its next phase of construction with the opening of the north half of the traffic circle as well as the completion of the north-bound exit from the circle as you enter from the East Gate. Motorists can also enter the north side of the circle, but can only travel west.

“This project is critical in helping to manage traffic flow resulting from installation growth,” said Capt. John Vipperman, 435th CES Construction Management Flight chief. “Besides the obvious need to accommodate traffic flow to and from the new NATO Component Command Headquarters building, we had the opportunity to replace a 50-year-old bridge that had reached the end of its designed life.”

In fact, firetrucks were too heavy to use the old bridge.

The official groundbreaking for the new KMC Center occurred in December as well, along with the street upgrades to support it. These upgrades will consist of a new traffic circle next to the recycling center and a circle to replace the five point intersection known as the “Death Star.” In addition Maxwell Boulevard, between the two circles, will be re-routed to accommodate the KMCC.