Wednesday, 23. July 2014
04. 10. 12. - 14:00
Austrian motorway maintenance company Asfinag are starting their annual Tunnel cleaning involving 146 tunnels across the country.
In preparation for the arrival of winter the reflectors at the side of the tunnel as well as the lighting, emergency stopping places and the video cameras all need to be cleaned and serviced ready for the new tourism season.
The 146 tunnels cover a total of 342 km – equivalent to the distance between Vienna and Kitzbühel.
Josef Fiala who was responsible for the company's service department said: "Clean tunnels mean that it's easier to see and improves the travelling experience of drivers and also road safety. Obviously cleaning so many tunnels is a challenge – of which the top priority is to make sure traffic is disturbed as little as possible. That's why most of this work is done at night where people don't even notice it has taken place."
Every Tunnel gets a pre-washed and a main wash - just like with a car - that means that in the pre-wash oil and dust and bits of rubber and other large stains are removed with a high-pressure hose and a rotating brush – then in the main wash the dirt from the previous few months is removed from the walls which is mainly carried out simply with water and a biological cleaner.
Not everything can be washed on site though – street signs and light fittings are often removed and washed by hand before being returned. Most of the washing work will take place in October.
In the various regions the amount of tunnels in operation include the following:
Vienna/Lower Austria/Burgenland 27 Kilometers of tunnel (30 Tunnels)
Styria 89 Kilometers of tunnel (27 Tunnels)
Upper/Austria Carinthia 43 Kilometers of tunnel (25 Tunnels)
Kärnten: 49 Kilometers of tunnel (24 Tunnel)
Tirol/Vorarlberg: 95 Kilometers of tunnel (29 Tunnel)
Salzburg: 39 Kilometers of tunnel (11 Tunnel)
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.
Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched
Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.
Multi Coloured UFOs In Formation Over Austria
Austrian officials say they are baffled to explain a UFO sighting in which dozens of people reported seeing between 50 and 100 objects flying in formation.
Priests Furious After Porn Films Shot In Local Parish Church
A furious Austrian Catholic priest has complained to police after discovering a local woman had apparently been using his church as a studio to make porn films.
Two metre snake sends woman motorist fleeing
An Austrian motorist got a shock after noticing something hanging down from under her car – and realising it was a huge two metre snake that had ended up curled around the engine.
What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (10 July - 16 July)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 10 July and 16 July...
Beekeeping is booming in Vienna
People living in Vienna have got a new hobby - beekeeping.
Queen of Englands favourite horses used as lawnmowers in Vienna
Horses from the famous Spanish Riding School are being used to help keep the grass down in city parks in Vienna.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Vintage Luxury Car Prepared For Prince Philip Rusts In Romanian Car Park|
|Society Girl Gave Adopted Kid Back A Day Later After Sleepless Night|
|Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched|
|Michael Schumacher Family In Talks With Micro Chip Docs|
|Docs Get Rich Passing Cosmetic Breast Operations Off As Corrective Surgery|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.