First construction phase for integrated traffic management system Frankfurt-West/Messe completed
(ffm) The constant development and urban redevelopment of the Frankfurt West since the turn of the millennium has also placed complex demands on road users: Especially when the signage needs of large, medium and small trade fairs overlap with the control of everyday traffic to the various urban destinations, traffic engineering systems must be used to solve this challenge.
With the aim of guiding traffic in the west of Frankfurt from the Westkreuz via Theodor-Heuss-Allee, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage to Mainzer Landstrasse and in the Rebstockpark area safely and unambiguously, a modern integrated traffic control system was developed in close and good cooperation between the City of Frankfurt am Main, the State of Hesse and Messe Frankfurt. For Klaus Oesterling, Head of Traffic, this is a matter of course: "Our Frankfurt remains at the forefront of digital traffic technology! The special location of our trade fair in the heart of our city will thus be better suited to the needs of the surrounding residential areas as well."
The integration of one- to three-line LED displays in the previously statically groundbreaking urban signage will make it possible in future to dynamically sign-post targets in line with the situation. Traffic disruptions can thus be immediately reacted to and controlled. Targeted and uniform signage will improve traffic flow in the west of Frankfurt, minimise search traffic and reduce the risk of congestion. 69 locations, 66 of which are signposts and three traffic sign bridges, are currently under construction. As an integrated overall concept, these will be closely linked to the change of direction signposting on the A 648 motorway, which went into operation in 2017. For this year's major event, the International Motor Show (IAA), a first construction phase with a total of 34 sign locations in the area around the Rebstockpark will now go into operation. "Of course, control is carried out via our integrated traffic control center," explains City Councillor Oesterling. "This is how we fit this module into our traffic management system." This required laying over two kilometres of data cable and over five kilometres of power cable. In a second construction phase, the control system is to be completed.
The project will be financed with urban funds of EUR 6.5 million and with funds of EUR 4.2 million from the state of Hesse for transport infrastructure promotion due to its importance for traffic.