Temporary bridges in Tapiola closed for the time being – city commissions third-party inspection

15.5.2023 12.41Updated: 15.5.2023 13.12

On Friday morning 12 May, the city closed the temporary bridges between Merituulentie and Itätuulenkuja in Tapiola. The bridges will remain closed for the time being as the inspections of the bridges continue.

The temporary bridges in Tapiola will remain closed for the time being as the inspections of the bridges continue.

The city and the scaffolding suppliers have carried out their own inspections of the bridges. In addition, the city will also commission a third-party inspection of all temporary bridges in the area. We will provide information on the inspection results as soon as they are available.

At the end of last week, temporary traffic arrangements were made in the area. You can access the street level on Helmakuja (level M) via the stairs next to the Tuulimäki sports hall entrance. There is a pedestrian crossing on Itätuulenkuja, and you can take the elevator from the street level to the bus stop, metro station and Ainoa shopping centre. The route is not accessible.

Accessible routes run via Leimuniitty or alternatively via the Tykkitie underpass.

There are temporary signs in the area. The signage will be improved as soon as possible.

The city aims to open easier routes as soon as possible. There are several construction sites in the area that must be taken into account when planning alternative routes in order to ensure their safety.

The map shows alternative routes.

The city decided to close and inspect all temporary bridges in the area due to the collapse of one of the bridges last week on Thursday 11 May. Several young people were injured when a temporary bridge collapsed on Itätuulenkuja. No one suffered life-threatening injuries.

The bridge was designed and built for the city by a scaffolding supplier, but the city is responsible for the temporary bridges. The bridge had been inspected on a weekly basis, most recently on 5 May.

The Safety Investigation Authority is investigating the cause of the collapse.