Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:15

Crown Bridges granted first environmental permit

The Regional State Administrative Agencies of Finland granted the City of Helsinki a permit on 5 January 2017 to build two of Kruunusillat – the Crown Bridges – between Nihti and Kruunuvuorenranta, to dredge and fill the local sea area, and to build the necessary structures on shores.

The Finkensilta bridge connecting Nihti (in Sompasaari) and the Korkeasaari island (home of Helsinki Zoo) will be a beam bridge constructed of reinforced concrete and supported by eight piers. The span will be about 300 metres. The Kruunuvuorensilta bridge connecting the Korkeasaari island and the Kruunuvuorenranta area in Laajasalo will be a single-pylon, cable-stayed bridge spanning about 1.2 kilometres.

Construction in accordance with the environmental permit can be commenced once the detailed plan of the area is legally binding.

The Crown Bridges project will give the growing district of Laajasalo in eastern Helsinki a smooth public transport connection to the city centre. The bridges will serve trams, cyclists and pedestrians but no cars. The project involves 10 kilometres of trams lines, a cycling connection, pedestrian paths and plazas.

The project will improve connections in the entire Helsinki region, as it will form an integral part of the region’s public transit rail network and cycling network.

The most visible part of the Crown Bridges project will consist of three new bridges, the longest one of which, the Kruunuvuorensilta bridge, will be the longest bridge in Finland.

 

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City Council approved Crown Bridges project

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Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:54

Design concepts selected for Merihaka and Hakaniemi bridges

Preliminary design concepts have been selected for bridges to be built in Merihaka and Hakaniemi. The concepts will serve as a basis for further bridge design and engineering.

The design concept selected for the Merihaka bridge (see rendering above) will produce a lightweight, pier-like structure that doesn’t block the view from Kalasatama to Pohjoisranta owing to its low elevation. This was considered a merit in terms of the overall cityscape.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:52

The City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016: Economy stabilising

"The year 2016 in the economy of the City of Helsinki was more positive than expected. The operating margin of the City was better than the budgeted figure and the tax revenue grew more than expected. Thus, the annual contribution margin was €300 million better than the budgeted target”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of the City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:16

The Port of Helsinki has significant positive economy and employment-related effects

According to a recent survey, the Port of Helsinki has significant positive effects on the regional economy and employment rates in the municipalities in and around the Helsinki region. The total value of the business operations related to the Port of Helsinki in 2015 was 1.6 billion euros, and the operations employed approximately 15,000 people. In addition to the regional level, the effects practically span throughout the country.