Despite single construction machines it is unusually quiet in melkendorf. Only a few cars belonging to residents are visible. A few motorists from further afield have lost their way: melkendorf is currently closed. The reason: the local road is being rehabilitated. The road surface is already worn down and awaits a fresh layer of asphalt.
The melkendorf through road and parts of state road 2190 near katschenreuth are therefore closed until thursday at the latest – trench work is also underway there. Those who travel in this area sometimes have to take detours of many kilometers.
What do the fire department and rescue service do in such a case?? After all, they cannot accept a detour when human lives are at stake. Andrea mandl, press spokeswoman for the city of kulmbach, finds reassuring words: "all rescue organizations are informed about the mabnahme and know how, where and when they can get to the various sections."
This is the general procedure for all construction sites that affect traffic. The city of kulmbach contacts the relevant authorities and organizations before the start of the construction site and informs them in detail. Since a state road is also affected in this case, the state construction office is also involved. The necessary information was of course also passed on to the residents affected.
The kulmbach fire department is prepared in the same way and can pass the closed roads in case of emergency. "After all, the construction companies have to drive through with their excavators", says district fire inspector thomas limmer. In addition, the fire departments from windischenhaig, katschenreuth, thurnau and kasendorf can "come from behind" come to the rescue.
The red cross can also "not simply fly over the construction site", according to district preparedness leader maximilian turk. However, there is even direct help on the spot: two helpers from the rescue service live in melkendorf and are ready for action overnight together with the rescue vehicle. If nothing else works, the mountain rescue service can come to the rescue with its vehicles across country or the helicopter can be requested. "No one is left unsupplied, affirms maximilian turk.
The situation for the drivers of the delivery trucks and the newspaper deliverers is not an everyday one. They will have to travel longer distances and take the occasional detour. It can happen that the newspaper lands in the mailbox a little later than usual.
Local businesses and service providers have to swallow a rough pill because of the construction site: several businesses are not accessible for the time being. Some of them have reacted consistently – and are closing for a few days.