The City of Helsinki is implementing changes in the traffic arrangements at the intersection of Tyynenmerenkatu and Rionkatu. The roadworks, which start in September, will cause disruptions to traffic. After the roadworks have been completed, heavy traffic to and from West Harbour will be directed to Tyynenmerenkatu.
Heavy traffic to and from the harbour is to be directed to the Rionkatu intersection to improve road safety and minimise nuisance to local residents. This change allows heavy vehicles to queue for vessels in the contained harbour area.
Heavy traffic to and from West Harbour is to be directed away from Atlantinkatu and Länsisatamankatu, which are residential streets. These traffic arrangements are also necessary due to the construction of the Atlantinsilta.
A roundabout will be constructed at the Tyynenmerenkatu and Rionkatu intersection. The pedestrian crossings across Tyynenmerenkatu will be removed near Rionkatu, and the traffic lights will be removed from the intersection. The nearest pedestrian crossings are located approximately 80 metres north and approximately 100 metres south towards the terminal in the harbour.
Impact on traffic during the works
Motor vehicles: Routes will be secured.
Pedestrians and cyclists: The walking and cycling route on Tyynenmerenkatu as well as the route along Jätkäsaarenlaituri will be closed. Pedestrians and cyclists will be directed to a route running along Hietasaarenkuja.
Public transportation: no impact.
The works are scheduled for completion by end of this year.