Test planning for the Kriens cantonal road: that’s what it’s all about


This is what you need to know about the test planning for the cantonal road in the center

Who takes part in the test planning? Which requirements apply? And what about 30 km/h? We answer the most important questions before the vote.

On February 13, the people of Kriens will vote on the test planning for a redesign of the cantonal road in the center. Specifically, it is a loan of 300,000 francs, the canton would participate with the same amount if yes. We answer the most important questions about it.

What is test planning?

A process in which different planning teams search for the most appropriate solution for the further development of an area. Unlike in architectural competitions, they are not in competition with each other, but in dialogue. The teams’ suggestions are compared and coordinated in a dialogue process. This procedure is particularly suitable for finding solutions to complex tasks, says Mayor Christine Kaufmann (middle). In recent years, for example, test planning has been carried out for the conversion of the Lucerne Theater or the village center of Buchrain. It is important to know that the concept takes place at a round table with planning. For example, there will be no practical test on Luzernerstrasse.

What should the Kriens test planning look like?

It is planned that at least three interdisciplinary teams, mixed together from the areas of transport, urban planning and open space design, will be invited to test planning. An external and neutral process manager should be in charge. “It has not yet been defined which teams will be invited, we want to wait for the vote,” says Kaufmann. Various stakeholder groups such as the local trade, the transport commission and the political parties are also involved. Exactly how this participation takes place has yet to be determined. The canton and the city are equally represented in an accompanying committee. “The goal is to find a solution that can win a majority thanks to this broad involvement.” Test planning would start as soon as possible after a yes and last around two years.

The traffic routing on the cantonal road in the center of Kriens, here at the level of the town hall, is to be checked.

Image: Nadia Schärli (January 15, 2022)

What are the requirements for test planning?

The goal is to reduce the separating effect of the cantonal road and to increase the quality of living and staying in the center. “How this is to be done is not specified, the procedure is open-ended,” says Kaufmann. However, the canton and city have defined certain requirements: the reliability of public transport and the efficiency of the entire transport system must be guaranteed. There should be improvements for all road users, safety must be guaranteed. The perimeter of the test plan includes the Hofmatt section to the Bell area. Adjoining junctions and municipal roads are also checked, as well as maintaining the efficiency of the city-wide traffic.

And what about 30 km/h?

Tempo 30 could be a possible solution. It is not specified as a specification in the test planning. The Kriens overall traffic concept states that the city is aiming for 30 km/h in the center. However, a corresponding passage is missing in the report and application for the test planning loan, which is now being voted on. “The test planning allows for a traffic solution that deviates from the overall traffic concept,” says Kaufmann. “The teams should be restricted as little as possible when looking for a solution.”

What happens after test planning?

“The result is a synthesis report with a best variant, which forms the basis for the preliminary project,” says Kaufmann. Then there is the question of what is to be implemented. The canton is responsible for the redesign of the cantonal road. On request, its building, environment and economic department writes that the draft for the 2023-2026 building program includes the project in pot B with a cost of CHF 16 million. The cantonal council will determine the time of implementation with the next building program. The city is responsible for measures on adjacent municipal roads.

What happens if you say no?

“The test planning is an intermediate step that enables the city, interest groups and the residents of the street to bring in their concerns,” says Kaufmann. If the answer is no, this will be omitted and the canton will carry out the upcoming rehabilitation of the road on its own. “Then, by and large, the status quo should remain.” The canton has not yet provided any detailed information on how to proceed in this case: the situation would be analyzed with the involvement of the city of Kriens and the procedure would be redefined, it only says on request.