Why are there cracks in a sidewalk

Shield ash The sidewalk of contention

The mobile construction site has been crawling over the sidewalk from Deciusstrasse out of town to Apfelstrasse for weeks. Men lift the heavy concrete slabs, carefully layer them on the side of the road, fill fresh yellow sand into the empty space and then put the heavy slabs back there. The small stone pavement is being renewed at individual driveways. Sometimes there are only pavement slabs there. They are then replaced by small stone plasters. Here and there a pavement slab is also replaced.

When a neighbor became suspicious that she is a retired teacher, and once asked what all this was supposed to do, she was told that it was "maintenance work" for which she did not have to pay anything. The construction site had long since provided plenty of entertainment for the residents. But she didn't want to believe that she didn't have to pay anything for it. "I'm a taxpayer. I have to pay for everything," she replied in her friendly, determined manner.

"This is really maintenance work," confirmed Hans Martin, deputy head of the municipal office for traffic, yesterday. "We are obliged to make sure that there are no large edges or crevices on the sidewalks." He immediately looked for the latest ruling by the Federal Administrative Court. There is no doubt about that from the editorial staff either. But whether there were these remarkable edges and crevices at all at the point in question.

"There was a disproportionately high number of broken records there," Martin persisted. There are still some 50 by 50 centimeters on Ditfurthstrasse. "Nowadays we don't even install them. In size 40 by 40 or even better 30 by 30, they are more resilient when cars drive over them." In the Ditfurthstra├če area in question, there is a parking lane parallel to the sidewalk. There are no cars on the sidewalks. "But the plates in the driveways are broken," says Martin. True in some places. The small patches have now been laid there. Wouldn't that have been enough? After the renovation, some private branches of the footpath to the front doors are below B├╝rgerstein level because the new old concrete slabs have now been moved higher. Does it have to be touched up privately now?

"There have been complaints from the neighborhood," replied Martin. We finally get to the heart of the story. The entrance to the cross street is worthy of complaint. Pedestrian traffic to the tram stop is concentrated in Kattenkamp. There are cracks, breaks, edges there. Could the pavement have been mistaken for the official part?

Will the footpath in Kattenkamp now also be renewed? "If there is still money," said Martin. But then please do the right thing. The Kattenkamp is an ice slope. With the first temperatures at freezing point, it immediately becomes slippery on the sloping stretch. Pavement slabs with built-in gravel cover would certainly be recommended there. If there is. And if there is still money.