Traffic lights damaged in accident

A black BMW being driven by an 18-year-old was travelling along the Frankfurter Landstraße on Saturday, 29th July, 2017 at 11.41pm.  On turning into the Homburger Landstraße the car for some unknown reason ended up travelling towarsds the middle of the road and in doing so hit the traffic lights.  These were pulled out of their anchorage, causing €13,000 of damage.

Crash caused €11,000 damage on New Year’s Day

A 52-year-old man from Frankfurt and a 28-year-old man from Bad Homburg were driving along the L3006 (Urseler Straße) towards Oberursel on 1st January, 2014, at around 2.35pm.

As the traffic lights on the junction to the A661 motorway turned from green to amber, both put on their brakes, but the 28-year-old who was in the car behind the 52-year-old realised that he had braked too late and swerved to avoid a collision.

In doing so, his Mercedes drove over a road sign and hit the pole which carries the traffic lights.

Although no-one was hurt and the car from Frankfurt was undamaged, around €11,000 of damage was caused.

Car hit traffic lights on the Hohemarkstraße

Health problems were apparently the cause of an accident that took place on the Hohemarkstraße on Tuesday, 10th September, 2013 at 5pm.

The driver of a BMW X5 lost control of their vehicle on the section of the road near the Kupferhammerweg where the U-Bahn tracks cross it, hitting the pole of the traffic lights which caused the entire traffic light array to stop working.

The driver was slightly injured, police and railway staff controlled the traffic until a replacement set of lights could be installed.  The damage is estimated at around €20,000.

Several people injured in shunt at traffic lights

An accident at the corner of the Frankfurter Landstraße and Ludwig-Erhard-Straße last Thursday afternoon (22nd August, 2013) left several people injured.

After several cars had already stopped at a set of traffic lights, an 82-year-old man was approaching the queue in a Mercedes car when his foot slid off the brake pedal, causing the car to hit the Peugeot in front of him.

This was shunted onto a Renault Twingo, which in turn hin an Opel Vectra.

The drivers of the Mecedes, Renault, Opel and a passenger in the Renault were slightly injured.

The total damage is estimated at €13,000.

Car drove through red light

An accident occured on the Hohemarkstraße at the junction with the Oberstedter Straße on Saturday morning (20th April, 2013), when a 54-year-old driver drove past a red traffic light and in doing so hit a car driven by an 18-year-old who had passed the traffic light showing green.

No-one was injured by the collision caused €6,000 of damage.

Why Oberursel needs to have a culture of making savings

Oberursel’s town council may have approved the 2013 budget last December, including a range of tax increases and cuts in services, but the council obviously does not have the last say in the matter, because since then the town has been waiting for it to be approved by local government regulators.

That approval arrived last week and allows the town to move forward on projects such as the new traffic lights for the Frankfurter Landstraße.  But it is coupled with a series of restrictions in place not only for the current year, but for future budgets as well.

It is expected that the town: [Read more…]

Car collided with traffic lights – driver fled

In the early hours of Friday morning (22nd March, 2013), a Daimler Chrysler car driving by a 25-year-old woman hit a set of traffic lights whilst making a left turn off the Frankfurter Landstraße.

Instead of stopping and dealing with the damage, the driver continued on her way, but was soon found by police.  It was then ascertained that she had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and a blood sample was taken.  She had also been slightly injured in the accident.

The damage is estimated at €10,000.

From the Ausländerbeirat…

When the Ausländerbeirat met on Monday (4th March, 2013), they may not have been prepared for the number of guests who turned up to put their questions to them. It may not sound that many, but those 6 (six) broke the record for past half year.

One of the reasons for this was a group from the Ahmadiyya community to ask for the committee’s support for their plans for a mosque in Oberursel. Currently the community have prayer rooms in the Dornbachstraße which they say are now at full capacity for their services with many of those who worship representing the 4th generation of families that have moved to Germany in the past.

If possible they would like to build a mosque in the town, rather than convert an existing building, and added that they were looking for support and not for funding. Franz Zenker, chairing the meeting, promised that the committee would support them and pass on their request to the town’s executive. [Read more…]

Traffic lights on the Frankfurter Landstrasse

This short film shows the Frankfurter Landstraße, to the south-west of Oberursel, where a new Edeka supermarket recently opened.

Since then motorists and residents have been complaining that the traffic lights into the store’s car park are not synchronised with those at the corner of the Kurmainzer Straße in Weißkirchen, causing tailbacks during the daily rush hour.

To make matters worse, the right-hand turn land has been blocked off as well.

And whilst motorists are complaining about the traffic jams, U-Bahn passengers say that they have to wait longer now to cross the road.

I decided to go and take a look and see for myself how long it took to get from the bus stop across to the train station.  I waited for the green man to go out so that I could  time how long the wait is between pressing the button and being allowed to cross.  After around 30 seconds the train to Oberursel left, and in all I had to wait about a minute so catching the train may well depend on if the bus is on time and how fast you walk.

The town hall have said in their online forum that the traffic lights are still provisional and that they hope to have a new system in place during the first half of 2013.  Until then, the evening traffic jam is here to stay.

Weißkirchener Straße partially closed next week

Roadworks sign - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / RedKoalaThe Weißkirchener Straße will be closed on one side from Monday 4th March, probably until Saturday 9th March, 2013, between the house numbers 35 and 45 to allow for work to take place on the underground utility network.

Traffic lights will be in place to control the traffic and a diversion via the Oberurseler Straße will be signposted for vehicles coming from Steinbach.

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