Public transport terminal to go under construction in Pasila
Preparatory construction work for the new Pasila public transport terminal will get underway on the Pasila bridge in December 2017. The work comprises the broadening of the Pasila bridge and a renovation of the bridge’s eastern end. The new terminal will be located in front of the Pasila rail station entrance. The work will cause only minor disruptions to traffic at first, but disruptions will increase in the summer and autumn of 2018. The project will be completed in 2019.
The new public transport terminal and related work will be one of the main construction sites affecting traffic in Pasila and nearby areas in the next few years.
“The work will start with traffic rearrangements at the eastern end of the Pasila bridge. The lane from the west turning south onto Ratapihantie will be closed, and the traffic will be moved onto the central lane. At the same time, the pedestrian and cycling lane at the southern edge of the bridge will be moved further towards the centre, onto what has been roadway,” says project manager Juuso Luoto of the City of Helsinki Urban Environment Division.
At first, the main emphasis of the work will be under the Pasila bridge, in the rail tracks area. In the spring of 2018, the work will proceed onto the bridge deck and into the Ratapihantie junction area. The Helen Sähköverkko Oy electricity distribution company will be installing terminal cables and conducting related work in the nearby streets.
The project involves a renovation of the eastern end of the Pasila bridge, which will be made about 13 metres wider in front of the Pasila station. The new public transport terminal will be built on the new and old bridge decks. Trams stops will be located in the centre of the terminal area and bus stops at the sides.
Pedestrian and bicycle lanes will be located at the edges of the terminal area. Alterations to the junction of the streets of Asemapäällikönkatu and Ratapihantie will be made at the same time. In the future, the junction will better accommodate all modes of traffic.
The worst disruptions to traffic to occur next summer
Because of the construction of the public transport terminal, several traffic rearrangements will be made in the Pasila bridge and Ratapihantie junction area, interfering with traffic. Tram 7 will not travel on the Pasila bridge from the autumn of 2018 onwards because of the construction work.