GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Construction is set to begin on a traffic circle outside Tower Barracks’ 24/7 gate resulting in detours and modified gate hours.
In mid-November 2018 garrison officials here and members of the German building authority announced plans to co-fund a project to build a traffic circle along B299 in front of Tower Barracks Gate 6.
The intersection in front of Gate 6 poses a risk to drivers, resulting in the need for a traffic circle, according to the city of Grafenwoehr.
“Construction of a new traffic circle on B299 at the intersection in front of Gate 6 access road will reduce accidents on B299,” said Heike Mueller, road and traffic coordinator at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.
Construction will impact in- and outbound traffic at Tower Barracks Gate 6, Gate 4 near Tanzfleck and Gate 3 across from McDonald’s.
Since this construction is extensive, the Directorate of Emergency Services expects the project to take some time to complete.
“The construction will have an impact on through traffic in and out of Tower Barracks and will last about 10 weeks,” said chief of physical security Sean Miller, Directorate of Emergency Services.
Construction will occur in two phases. Phase I lasts from April 23 to about May 20, 2019. Phase II lasts from about May 20-June 14, 2019.
During Phase I, access to Gate 6 remains open to traffic coming from the south, the direction from Amberg. Access into Gate 6 will be reduced to one lane to inbound and outbound traffic. Traffic exiting Gate 6 cannot turn left onto the B299.
Gate 3 will continue to operate during normal hours.
“The traffic will be controlled with traffic lights, since there will only be one lane available accessing the installation through Gate 6, for in- and outbound bypassing the construction site,” said Mueller.
The state construction office located in Amberg-Sulzbach recently announced that B299 between Geissmannskeller and Gmuend (the road between Gate 6 and Gate 3) must close to through traffic. Follow the detour (Umleitung) signs during this time.
The construction to B299 will not affect the traffic from the Amberg direction until late May, when Phase II of the planned construction is slated to begin, according to the Amberg-Sulzbach state construction office.
Phase I construction will have a minimum impact on school bus routes. Parents of students riding school buses impacted by Phase I construction will be notified by the transportation office.
Upon completion of Phase I, Phase II will immediately begin and is expected to last up to four weeks.
During Phase II, Gate 6 will not be accessible from either direction.
Gate 4 will become a 24/7 gate. Gate 4 will also become the gate where ID cardholders can sign guests in and out.
Gate 3A — which is adjacent to Gate 3 — will open to commercial traffic (i.e. trucks) only until 9 p.m. Traffic access to 3A will be inbound access only. Gate 3A is not open to privately-owned vehicles, or POVs.
Some adjustments to normal traffic patterns will be necessary.
“During this stage of the reconstruction project, all POV inbound traffic coming from Amberg direction on B299 will be redirected to Gate 4,” said Mueller.
At that time, there will be no access to Gate 6, Grafenwoehr Training Area, coming from the direction of Amberg. This will impact traffic flow until the end of the project scheduled in late June.
Measures are in place to address heavy traffic flow and the community is advised to use all prescribed routes during this time of construction.
“There will be detours through Pressath [using] B470 and Neustadt-Waldnaab (NEW) 2, the county road between Huetten and Parkstein. Access to the industrial zone will be through Hammergmuend,” said Mueller.
The construction will impact some school bus routes, said Russell D. Lovmo, transportation specialist, Department of Defense Education Activity.
Parents will be notified of any changes beginning April 17 through DoDEA AtHoc and email, Lovmo said.
Construction crews plan to complete the project prior to the 2019 German-American Volksfest, which draws in more than 100,000 people through Gate 6.
A list of normal operating hours for gates at USAG Bavaria is available at https://home.army.mil/bavaria/index.php/gates.
USAG Bavaria’s Directorate of Public Works will continue to provide updates during the reconstruction effort.