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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. 
Kleber Kaserne’s clocktower gate (Gate 3) will be closed Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz. Visitors should use Gate 4, near the Pfalz Center shopping mall, to enter and exit the installation.
Looking for a way to escape the heat? How about a movie? KMCC Reel Time Theater is showing “DC League of Super-Pets,” “Vengeance” and the newly released “Where the Crawdads Sing,” based on the best-selling book by Delia Owens, at Ramstein Air Base this weekend. For detailed movie times, visit

A special exhibit running at The Docu Center Ramstein until the end of August looks back at seven decades of U.S. presence at Ramstein Air Base. The temporary display includes black-and-white photographs that reveal glimpses of base life over the decades. Docu Center Ramstein is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Read more.
Peace activists will be bicycling in protest around Ramstein Air Base on Saturday. Starting at approximately 2:50 p.m., motorists should expect increased presence of cyclists escorted by German police, according to a Facebook post by the 86th Airlift Wing. Curious about why activists are protesting at the base? Check out our story from the last protest event in June.
Looking for weekend fun? From wine tasting to yoga, there are a variety of events this weekend in Kaiserslautern and beyond. The center of Landstuhl will be transformed into a wine village with wine tastings, food and live music from Friday through Sunday. For a healthy stretch, there’s yoga by the lake at Gelterswoog on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. To join, arrive at the entrance to the Gelterswoog lido 15 minutes early. The class is taught in German. For an outdoor adventure, check out the Nature One music festival for four days and three nights of live music and camping at Pydna missile base, a former U.S. military base in Kastellaun.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Demaris Strong, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron flight sergeant, serves at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany, Feb. 19, 2020. Seeing the need for women to network and support each other, Strong created the Lady Eagle Association to give women assigned to the security forces squadron a place to discuss career field challenges that are specific to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)
A U.S. military police patrol responded to a potential fire in Kaiserslautern today. While on a routine patrol on Gersweilerweg, the police noticed smoke developing in an apartment. When no one answered the door after repeated ringing and knocking, the MPs feared residents could be in danger and decided to kick in the door, according to local police. They found an 18-year-old inside the apartment who said he was fine but fell asleep while preparing something to eat. He took the burnt dish off the stove and aired out the apartment. The young man declined medical treatment, police said.
Mobile radar speed cameras today are posted along highway A62 near Weselberg, according to Kaiserslautern police.
A special soccer matchup is expected to bring droves of fans to Kaiserslautern’s Betzenberg hill on Sunday. The Red Devils host Hamburg’s fan-favorite FC St. Pauli for their second home game of the season. The match starts at 1:30 p.m. More than 35,000 tickets have been sold in advance and police are expecting increased traffic and a busy downtown. Various road closures and construction sites will complicate traffic flow, police said in a statement. Additionally, two railway lines between Kaiserslautern and the towns of Pirmasens and Neustadt are closed for construction this weekend. Many fans travelling to the stadium are expected to arrive on the roads.
A mobile construction site is limiting traffic to one lane on westbound highway A6 between Kaiserslautern-Einsiedlerhof and Kaiserslautern-West. There is an increased risk of traffic jams and slowed vehicle movement, according to German automobile club ADAC.
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s Gate 1, near the emergency room, will only be open from 7 to 8:30 a.m., starting Thursday. The gate hours are slated to last until further notice. The main gate will remain accessible at all times for vehicles and pedestrians. Gate 2, a pedestrian access point, will also remain unaffected, LRMC said on Facebook.
Ramstein Air Base leaders are investigating allegations that an airman tried to bribe officials into issuing a passing score on an annual physical fitness test after social media users who said they are affiliated with the 86th Security Forces Squadron alleged a cover-up of the undisclosed disciplinary infraction, and described plummeting morale among the ranks of the military police unit. Find out more.

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