How does hedge maintenance work on a federal or state road?? Member of the bundestag emmi zeulner (CSU) recently saw this for herself at a site visit on the B 289 near schwarzach. As kurt schnabel, head of construction, explained, the classic months for hedge maintenance are the winter months of january and february.
Zeulner’s visit focused on the topics of safety on the tramway and the value of the work of the tramway maintenance department. It is important to the member of the bundestag that road and nature conservation are in harmony with each other: "it is a sensitive area and that is also shown again and again by the inquiries that land on my desk." Zeulner was convinced that the hedge maintenance was a professionally correct and important job.
So all the mabreakdowns are prepared by the landscape manager stefanie braun, coordinated with the tree inspectorate and accompanied: "before we go out and do a maintenance cut, tree samples have already been inspected by our tree inspectors twice a year. You look at the tree to see if there are any signs of a traffic hazard."
Construction director kurt schnabel explained why wood maintenance is necessary: "on the one hand, to care for and maintain the structure and stock of the woods, and on the other hand, also for reasons of traffic safety." A reasonable wood care should be carried out in intervals of 15 years. "Wood grooming is an activity that is always intensively observed and often critically evaluated by neighbors and road users", according to schnabel. The question is often asked whether the work could not be carried out in a more moderate manner. "Even if you cut a wood down to the stump, the root remains in the ground and sprouts again vigorously within a year. Then you get a rejuvenated hedge with appropriate structures, just the way you want it," explained schnabel, explained schnabel.
The work on the B 289 was put out to tender by the state building authority, and the contract was awarded to the company gunter wich from grafendobrach. The days of up to ten trench maintenance employees working on one boschung are over for reasons of work safety and machine use. Today, the tram maintenance department only takes care of tram safety and minor work.