Traffic jams are expected downtown on Ludwigstrasse and around the K in Lautern mall next weekend. Crews will renew road markings Aug. 20-21, the city’s civil engineering department announced online. The work requires short-term partial and full road closures. Detours will be marked.
Frankfurt International Airport will continue to limit passenger numbers and flights as it struggles to hire more workers and limit delays. London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schipol have announced similar caps through at least October, The Wall Street Journal reported. The caps began after post-pandemic travel demand skyrocketed, and airport officials say the limits will make the flights that do get scheduled more reliable. Nearly half of all Frankfurt flights between June 1 and July 24 were delayed, the Journal reported last month.
It never gets boring in the KMC. Looking for things to do this weekend?   Catch a free summer night concert by local band Sergeant. The ensemble presents a mix of pop, rock and party classics at Congress Center Ramstein, Friday. Music starts at 7 p.m. Standing room only. Feel like rock climbing but don’t like the heat? Check out RockTown indoor bouldering in Kaiserslautern. Designed by North Carolina native Luke Brady, the indoor gym allows young and old climbers to practice their most daring bouldering moves with the safety of a mat to catch them. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Take a Sunday hike at Mehlingen prairie. Bring hiking shoes and don’t forget water, sunscreen and hats. No application necessary. Cost: 5,00 € per person. Guided tour is in German, but everyone is welcome. Meeting spot: An der Heide 10, 67678 Mehlingen at 11 a.m.
Die B270 bei Schopp wurde während der Aktionswoche "Operation Speed" am Dienstag, 9. August, ins Visier genommen.
Westpfalz police concludes Operation Speed this weekend. Organized by the European Roads Policing Network, the campaign aims to reduce the number of serious traffic accidents by making drivers Europe-wide aware of local speed limits. From Monday through Friday, Kaiserslautern police measured the speeds of 10,547 vehicles and fined 1,026 drivers for going too fast. A Mercedes driver set a record for infractions, police said, racing past a checkpoint at nearly 90 mph — more than twice the speed limit — on the L502 near Kaiserslautern-Espensteig on Wednesday. The driver received a three-month driving ban and was fined 700 euros.
U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter assigned to 2-6 Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade sits on the flight line while a shooting star falls in the sky on FARP 17, Pōhakuloa Training Area, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, April 13, 2019. AH-64 Apaches are an integral part of Lightning Strike, a division led, joint live-fire exercise that is conducted under the direction of the multi-domain operations concept. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Keith Kraker)
A meteor shower is expected to be visible over Germany this weekend. The Perseids shower should reach its peak around 3 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Association of Star Friends Germany. Stargazers could see upward of 30 meteors per hour, but only the brightest will be visible this year due to moonlight, experts say.
The Sabre traffic circle near the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein Air Base will be closed for traffic on Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., according to base officials.
The 1FC Kaiserslautern soccer club is playing a home game against SC Paderborn tonight. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m. at Betzenberg Stadium in downtown. While fewer audience members are expected this week, police say attendees may run into Friday-evening rush-hour traffic.
Speed cameras today are posted along L470 in Landstuhl, Kaiserslautern police announced this morning.
ausgebrannter Pkw Ramstein
Police are looking for anyone with information about a “mysterious” car fire in Ramstein. A small car was found completely burned out in Ramstein-Miesenbach Sunday morning, according to Landstuhl police. The owner parked the car in a parking lot near Maxi restaurant on Saturday evening. When the owner returned the next morning, the vehicle was destroyed. An investigation continues.
Kaiserslautern police are looking for a man who they say pretended to be a police officer and pulled over a minibus on highway A6 on Tuesday afternoon. While driving, the man reportedly held an ID card out the window and signaled the minibus driver to stop on the side of the highway. When he boarded, he said he had to search passengers’ bags for drugs, and ended up stealing IDs, debit cards and more than 1,000 euros from them, according to a police statement. The man is estimated to be about 30 years old with a height of about 5’7” and was driving a silver Mercedes. He was dressed in black, wore a black baseball cap and a vest saying “police” in German. 
Der Schaden an der Fassade des Hauses ist deutlich zu erkennen.
Update to Tuesday’s road closure on Barbarossastrasse: A fire broke out around 2 p.m. at an apartment building, causing an estimated 15,000 euros in property damage and the temporary closure of the road. Kaiserslautern firefighters extinguished the flames before they could cause further damage. No one was injured, and the apartment remained safe for residents after ventilation. A smoldering cigarette may have started the fire, local police said in a statement Wednesday.
Expectant mothers may have to be seen by off-base providers as Landstuhl Regional Medical Center struggles to keep up with demand. The hospital’s labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum unit is at maximum capacity, LRMC announced Wednesday. Because of the unexpected increase in patients, others will be referred to German providers until further notice, according to hospital staff. This comes one month after the hospital reconfigured its neonatal wing and stood up a new LDRP unit. Patients experiencing stages of labor or pregnancy concerns should contact the LRMC OB-GYN clinic (06371-9464-5839) or LDRP (06371-9464-6343) to discuss options.
Barbarossastrasse, route B37, is currently closed between the German Red Cross building and Eisenbahnstrasse as firefighters deal with an emergency there. Kaiserslautern police are asking drivers to avoid the area. Update via Kaiserslautern police 4:16 p.m.: Barbarossastrasse has reopened for traffic.
Mobile radar speed cameras today are posted along country road L392 near Imsbach, Kaiserslautern police said online.
Major road construction will begin on Merkurstrasse, Monday, Aug. 15. Kaiserslautern city government announced road resurfacing work will include the intersection connecting Globus supermarket, Dehner garden center, and Saturn shopping center. Construction is scheduled to last three weeks, concluding around Sept. 2. Traffic is expected to slow significantly and temporary traffic jams are expected on the busy thoroughfare near Rhine Ordnance Barracks. All shops and businesses will be reachable via one-lane traffic throughout all phases of construction, city officials said online Monday. 
A 2.5-mile traffic jam on eastbound highway A6 is currently slowing traffic between Kaiserslautern-West and Kaiserslautern triangle junctions. Drivers unable to navigate around the congestion should plan an additional 11 minutes of travel time, according to German automobile club ADAC.
An automatic speed camera enforces the speed limit on a German roadside. Higher fines for speeding and illegal parking will take effect in Germany in November. Failure to build an emergency lane, or driving through an emergency lane will get your license suspended for a month plus a fine.
Heading out on vacation by car this week? Look out for increased speed traps along the way. Police Europe-wide are participating in Operation Speed Monday through Sunday, Rheinland-Pfalz police announced in a statement. The coordinated pan-European enforcement campaign aims to combat and prevent excessive speeds. Police across the continent are expected to increase their traffic checks by radar camera and vehicle patrols this week.
The Pulaski exit gate, between the shoppette and Vogelweh commissary, will be closed Tuesday through Aug. 19. U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz recommends using the Vogelweh and main gates to exit the base during this time.
Swimmers in Gelterswoog Lake should be cautious of underwater hazards. A local community Facebook post last week warned visitors to the popular local swimming lake that receding water levels have brought submerged metal poles dangerously close to the water surface and pose a danger to both swimmers and paddle boarders. The poles once served as anchor points for buoys used during boat regattas by the local paddlers’ guild, a Kaiserslautern City official said Monday. City officials are working with the paddlers’ guild rowing club to coordinate steps to clear the hazards. Peter Wirrer, managing director of the Gelterswoog recreational area, said his team has yet to find any underwater danger spots.