Changes in traffic conditions and deficits in the urban transport network of Kronach have caused increased traffic loads in the city’s historic center. The current situation of stationary and pedestrian traffic as well as a patchy bicycle network which needs to be optimized are further problems. On the basis of an integrated urban development concept (ISEK), a transport solution for a sustainable and capacity-oriented transport infrastructure will be created.

Within the framework of this ISEK process, guidelines will be developed that take into account Kronach’s urban planning, traffic, landscape and demographic conditions. Key components of the transport concept are: Control of interurban traffic, traffic calming in the city center, reorganization of stationary traffic in line with historic center’s specific requirements, and improvement of pedestrian, bicycle, and local public transport.

The survey of existing conditions, including a strengths and weaknesses analysis, will serve as a basis to identify sustainable, forward-looking and climate-friendly development and optimization potentials of today’s road network and traffic flow.

A parking concept will be developed for stationary traffic. Based on this, the management of parking spaces, signposting and dynamic control of parking search traffic will be implemented. The developed measures will be prioritized, interdependencies will be shown and further transport planning measures such as the presentation of ad hoc projects, concept sketches as well as implementation strategies will be recommended.

The citizens of Kronach will be involved in the planning and implementation process, among other things through dialogs. They will be informed and invited to contribute ideas as well as suggestions. The BERNARD Gruppe has notably participated in the analyses for improving the traffic conditions in the course of the B173 through road, with measures that can be implemented in the short term. These results, in turn, will be incorporated into the ongoing transport concept development process.

Torsten Heine-Nims, BERNARD Gruppe
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