Zug, 19.04.2024

Digging to start on the Grabenstrasse at the end of April

The city and canton of Zug will begin renovating the drainage system under the Grabenstrasse from 22 April.

Pedestrians and other people travelling in slow-moving traffic have to know their way around when experts start digging into the roads at various locations in the city of Zug. Which they are currently doing at a scale that is almost inflationary.

The southern part of the city will also have a new road construction site from 22 April, as reported by the Zug construction department (Baudirektion). The road to be renovated is the Grabenstrasse, which is owned by the canton, but there are also pipes in its depths for which the City of Zug is responsible.

The municipal drainage system will therefore be extended at the same time as the road surface renovation work, and will be adapted to meet the new legal requirements. New pipework is therefore required for this. The work will be carried out in stages. Due to the limited space available in the Grabenstrasse, some construction phases will have to be carried out at night.

As Zug's Director of Construction Florian Weber explained, the project implementation will cost around CHF 2.5 million in total. The city of Zug is covering CHF 500,000 of these costs.

The Grabenstrasse in the city of Zug                                                      Photo: Stefan Kaiser
Construction work will take place in this area of the Grabenstrasse in Zug               Picture: zvg
Bypass route if the Grabenstrasse is completely closed                    Screenshot: Google Maps

Conversion of the bus stops and other imponderables
The two "Kolinplatz" bus stops on the Grabenstrasse are being remodelled and extended. The pavement edge of the bus bay in the direction of Walchwil will be raised along its entire length. This will improve convenience for passengers when getting on and off the bus, especially for people with walking difficulties, wheelchair users and people with pushchairs. Due to the narrowness of the area, the pavement edge of the bus bay can only be partially raised in the direction of the city centre, however.

The so-called "Märli Sunday" concept will be applied with regard to the diversion of buses on weekends with a complete closure of the road. Bus Line 603 (Baar Lättich-Zug Schönegg), line 605 (Zug Bahnhof-Walchwil), line 611 (Zug St.Johannes-Zug Klinik Zugersee) and line 614 (Zug Gimenen-Inwil bei Baar) normally run on the Grabenstrasse, sometimes every quarter of an hour, although some of these connections are less frequent at weekends. In the event of complete closures of the road, private transport will be diverted around the Grabenstrasse.

Construction Director Florian Weber explained that a low-noise road surface will be installed. Compared to a conventional road surface, this has a surface temperature that is 3.5 °C lower, and will also "swallow" a certain amount of rolling noise.

The realisation of the construction work is dependent on the weather, and postponements cannot thereby be ruled out. The current construction dates are published on the website of the cantonal civil engineering office (Kantonalen Tiefbauamt).

There is already talk of another major construction site
The experience gained in the "Grabenstrasse" project must be quickly evaluated by the authorities. As the Zuger Zeitung newspaper has learnt from a well-informed source, the next group of roadworks in the heart of the city of Zug are already being planned for next year.

These will involve the Neugasse and the lower section of the Ägeristrasse. It remains interesting to see where there will be roadworks in the coming years in the city centre of Zug.