Tramway construction begins on Hämeenkatu – the eastern end of the street is closed to private cars, westbound traffic still allowed at the western end
The construction of the Tampere tramway on Hämeenkatu will begin on Monday, 5 June 2017. The Tramway Alliance will build the first section of the tramway on Hämeenkatu between Hämeenpuisto and Näsilinnankatu. Traffic arrangements have been implemented in the area before the start of the work, partly during the nighttime. Pedestrians are guided around the construction sites by signposts.
Contrary to previously published information, private car traffic is still allowed at the western end of Hämeenkatu, westbound from Hämeensilta to Pirkankatu. This arrangement will remain in effect until late August. At the western end of Hämeenkatu, eastbound private car traffic is allowed from Näsilinnankatu to Hämeensilta. Public transport at the western end of Hämeenkatu will operate in both directions on dedicated lanes.
Tramway construction at the eastern end of Hämeenkatu will also begin in June, with related traffic arrangements to be made starting from 5 June on Hämeenkatu, Rautatienkatu, the railway underpass and Itsenäisyydenkatu. The eastern end of Hämeenkatu will be closed to private cars starting from 5 June.
The reason for the change that allows westbound private car traffic in Tuulensuu is related to extensive pipework at the Näsilinnankatu and Hämeenkatu junction. The pipework requires that access from Hämeenkatu to Näsilinnankatu, south towards Hallituskatu, be closed for about three months. Access to plots and buildings on Näsilinnankatu from Hallituskatu will be ensured. The section of Näsilinnankatu between Hämeenkatu and Hallituskatu will be turned into a two-way street. The traffic lights at the junction of Näsilinnankatu and Hämeenkatu will be out of service during the pipework.
“Several options were considered for the traffic arrangements related to the construction work on Hämeenkatu. It makes sense to carry out the pipework on Näsilinnankatu at this stage to minimise the duration of disruption in the area. Temporary westbound private car access on Hämeenkatu in Tuulensuu will improve the flow of traffic in the area as a whole," says Ville-Mikael Tuominen, Project Director for the tramway development programme at the City of Tampere.
“The construction of the tramway will cause traffic disruption. Our aim is to use proactive communication and ongoing interaction to ensure that all of the parties concerned are kept up to date on any changes to construction work. This Tuesday and Wednesday, for example, we will discuss the arrangements on Hämeenkatu at morning coffee events aimed at local entrepreneurs," Tuominen explains.
The pipework on the southern side of the Näsilinnankatu and Hämeenkatu junction is estimated to be completed at the turn of August–September. At that time, the pipework and construction site will move to the northern side of the street, bringing about changes in traffic arrangements.
On Hämeenkatu in Tuulensuu, the pavement on each side of the street will remain in use, but will be made narrower for the duration of the construction. Business premises will remain accessible. Parking facilities in the city centre will be open as usual, so the centre will still be accessible by car. Information on recommended routes is available on the City of Tampere website.
The construction of the tramway will start on the southern side of the street in Tuulensuu. During this time, public transport will be routed to the northern side of the street. Once the tramway is completed on the southern side, public transport will be rerouted to the southern side and the construction of the tramway will continue on the northern side. The tramway will be built to completion at each construction site. Like its predecessor, the new Hämeenkatu will be paved with natural stone. The new paving will be more even and quieter due to the uniform quality of the stone and the reinforced concrete slab tracks used for the tramway on Hämeenkatu.
• Driving on Hämeenkatu from Hämeensilta towards Pirkankatu is allowed. Turning right from Hämeenkatu to Hämeenpuisto is not possible.
• Driving on Hämeenkatu is allowed in both directions between Näsilinnankatu and Hämeensilta. The western end of Hämeenkatu can be accessed from the west via Satakunnankatu and Näsilinnankatu as well as Hallituskatu and Kuninkaankatu.
• Access from Hämeenkatu to Näsilinnankatu, south towards Hallituskatu, is closed. The section of Näsilinnankatu between Hämeenkatu and Hallituskatu is turned into a two-way street.
• For northbound traffic on Hämeenpuisto, turning left on Pirkankatu is not allowed.
• Public transport is operated on dedicated lanes in both directions in Tuulensuu.
• Pavements are accessible but narrower than usual. Access to business premises and homes is ensured. Pedestrians are guided around the construction sites by signposts.
Traffic arrangements at the eastern end of Hämeenkatu, Rautatienkatu and Itsenäisyydenkatu – the eastern end of Hämeenkatu to be closed to private cars
Traffic arrangements related to the construction of the tramway will take effect from 5 June on Hämeenkatu, Rautatienkatu, the railway underpass and Itsenäisyydenkatu. The eastern end of Hämeenkatu will be closed to private cars starting from 5 June. The northern side of the railway underpass will be closed to traffic by mid-June. More information will be provided at that time.
New traffic arrangements will be put into place on Itsenäisyydenkatu between Rautatienkatu and Tammelan puistokatu, with the lanes to be made narrower. The Pinninkatu bus stop on Itsenäisyydenkatu will be moved to Yliopistonkatu.
The construction of the tramway in the railway underpass will start in the northern underpass, which will be closed to traffic by mid-June. Public transport and private cars will be routed to the southern underpass, with one lane remaining open in each direction. Pedestrians and cyclists will use the southern edge of the underpass as before. The railway station bus stops before the underpass will be out of service. They will be replaced by stops on Hämeenkatu, across from Stockmann.
“The traffic arrangements and the work in the railway underpass will pose challenges to private car traffic at the western end of Itsenäisyydenkatu. We recommend that drivers use other routes when possible. We will monitor the situation and, if congestion increases, we will consider closing Itsenäisyydenkatu between Rautatienkatu and Tammelan puistokatu to private car traffic entirely," says Ari Vandell, Director of Planning at the City of Tampere.
Lane arrangements and changes will also be made in the Hämeenkatu, Rautatienkatu and Itsenäisyydenkatu junction area. The Posteljooninpuisto stop on Rautatienkatu will be moved approximately 200 metres north.
At the beginning of June, the Tramway Alliance will start work on moving district heating pipes at the intersection of Tuomiokirkonkatu and Hämeenkatu, in front of Stockmann. The construction site will be restricted to ensure continued access for pedestrians and cyclists as well as access to buildings and services in the area. As the work will take place in the middle of the pavement, the pavement will be narrowed down and pedestrians will be routed around the site. Pedestrians are urged to exercise caution due to the pedestrian traffic lights being out of service.
Later in June, the Tramway Alliance will begin moving water pipes on Rautatienkatu, in the Kyttälänkatu junction area. This will result in new arrangements and changes to driving lanes.
• The section of the street between Hämeensilta and Rautatienkatu will be closed to private cars on 5 June. The street will remain open to taxis, buses and maintenance vehicles.
• Lane arrangements and changes will also be made in the Hämeenkatu, Rautatienkatu and Itsenäisyydenkatu junction area.
• Use of the railway underpass will be restricted to the southern underpass, with one lane open in each direction.
• The bus stop before the railway underpass will be moved to Hämeenkatu, across from Stockmann.
• Driving lanes will be narrower than usual on Itsenäisyydenkatu. Drivers are urged to use alternative routes.
• The Pinninkatu bus stop on the northern side of Itsenäisyydenkatu will be moved to Yliopistonkatu.
Route information is available on the Tramway Alliance website.
Tramway Alliance More information on the construction of the tramway
Text Marja Merta