Helen is starting extensive street works in Runeberginkatu in relation to the energy networks. Due to the worksite, there will be significant temporary traffic arrangements in Runeberginkatu between Hietaniemenkatu and Arkadiankatu. The worksite will start on 1 July and it will last until early September.
The worksite is a significant joint project of the Helen Group where the entire underground energy infrastructure (district heat, district cooling and the electricity network) is refurbished all at once. The oldest parts of the energy networks now to be upgraded were built in the 1950s.
By way of exception, the worksite area will be closed to traffic completely. Arrangements will be made to allow pedestrians, access to the properties and emergency vehicles to enter parts of the worksite area.
“The objective of the temporary traffic arrangements is to guarantee rapid progress of the worksite, as well as safe access to all parties. Vehicle and bicycle traffic will be directed completely around the worksite. This way, the duration of the works can be cut by up to two months,” explains Helen’s Network Manager Lauri Utriainen.
Bicycle traffic will be redirected via Lapuankatu and Hietaniemenkatu. There will also be a temporary change in the route of bus number 39 in relation to the Hanken bus stop. Cars can drive round the worksite either via Mechelininkatu or Fredrikinkatu.
With the worksite, Helen will take part in the street works of the year competition organised by the City of Helsinki.
“On this worksite we will test new ways of implementing street works. For example, in relation to traffic arrangements, we will install map signs showing redirections, and bicycle routes will be painted on the street. We hope that the Helsinki residents will provide us with active feedback on the worksite arrangements,” says Network Manager Lauri Utriainen.
The works will be carried out mainly on weekdays between 7am and 7pm. Any exceptional working times will be reported separately on the website helen.fi.