German contractor Autobahnamt Montabaur is maintaining highways and roadside woodland – all with the support of Volvo CE’s newly redesigned Volvo Construction Equipment’s EW160E wheeled excavator.
Stretched across the heart of central Germany lies an interlinked network of often tree-lined highways. Nestled among the woodland, and amidst the Rhenish Massif mountain range, is Westerwald, literally meaning ‘Western Forest.’ The city’s 13,000 inhabitants and 40,000 district residents rely on the highway as a vital artery of economic growth. And like all arteries, maintaining a healthy flow (of people and goods in this case) is important for long term prosperity.
To ensure the roads remain in serviceable condition, the Highway Department has contracted Autobahnamt Montabaur for maintenance duties. The authority – Mobility Rheinland-Pfalz (LBM) – designs, builds and maintains the 18,000 km of highways, federal state and county roads in Rheinland-Palatinate. Of this total route network, 877 km of highway are being maintained by Autobahnamt Montabaur. With over 700 employees, the company’s duties include tree-cutting and salt dispersion, to pavement rehabilitation and warning sign placement. However, during the tree-cutting months, which span from October to March, Autobahnamt Montabaur is primarily tasked with wood maintenance along the tree-lined highway.
To complete tree-cutting projects in a timely and efficient manner, Autobahnamt Montabaur uses the Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) EW160E wheeled excavator. Formerly rented solely for the tree-cutting months, Autobahnamt Montabaur recently added the wheeled excavator to their permanent fleet, joining the 11 Volvo L35G compact wheel loaders the company also operates. As arguably the most advanced multi-tool carrier in the industry, the wheeled excavator is ideal for jobs that require flexibility, independence of movement and operational safety. To further aid productivity and reduce fuel consumption, the machine is powered by the robust Volvo Tier 4f engine that features automatic idling as standard, which not only cuts fuel use but noise pollution too.
When in timber management configuration Autobahnamt Montabaur uses a HABBIG HS850 Schnitt-Griffy hydraulic hedge sheer and extraction gripper – allowing the operator to secure, cut and remove branches and trees quickly, accurately and safely.
To enhance the safety of operations, Autobahnamt Montabaur has added the optional Volvo Smart View system to its new EW160E. The system uses cameras attached to the front-right, front-left and rear of the wheeled excavator, that together provide the driver with a bird’s eye view of the machine operating from above. The 360 degree view of actual footage happening in real time allows the operator to see his surroundings and ensure safe rotation. As a result, he is often able to safely complete tasks without the need for additional personnel. With fewer personnel on the jobsite, the risk of injury is reduced, and productivity of operations is improved.
In the wooded regions of Rhineland-Palatinate, using the most efficient construction equipment is important. To keep the highways clear of tree and branches, Autobahnamt Montabaur relies on 360 degree visibility and attachment capability to ensure the safety of machine operators and motorists.
Caption 1: The Volvo EW160E wheeled excavator’s compact design is perfect for confined highway construction jobsites.
Caption 2: Three cameras - attached to the front-right, front-left and rear of the machine - combine to show real-time footage of the machine operating from above.