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Divided street maintenance responsibilities

Winter maintenance responsibilities are divided between the City and private properties differently in the City centre and in suburban areas. In essence, the City is responsible for roadways and the properties are responsible for pavements in central areas.

In suburban areas, however, the City is also responsible for the winter maintenance of pavements. This is referred to as total street maintenance responsibility. In areas with total street maintenance responsibility, the task of clearing access to plots after ploughing remains with the properties. Properties are also responsible for prevention of slipperiness if any meltwater from the property has run into the street.

Cohesive maintenance simplifies and streamlines winter maintenance, is more environmentally friendly and improves overall quality of work. Properties pay the City a maintenance fee for taking care of tasks belonging to them.

In the Östersundom district, the City is responsible for all road and street maintenance, with the exception of private roads and roads that are the responsibility of road maintenance bodies or the Finnish Transport Agency.

Division of responsibilities in the city centre (white areas on map)

Division of responsibilities in the city centre, i.e. Vallila, Hermanni, Kallio, Sörnäinen, parts of Etu-Töölö and south of Pitkänsilta.

Responsibility of the City:

Roadway ploughing and prevention of slipperiness.

The ploughing of and prevention of slipperiness on pavements and stops located in front of properties and parks managed by the City of Helsinki.

The ploughing of and prevention of slipperiness on separated and combined cycle routes and pavements.

The ploughing and winter maintenance of stops on separate platforms in the centre of the street are the responsibility of Helsinki City Transport HKL.

Responsibility of properties:

The ploughing of and prevention of slipperiness on pavements belonging to the property.

The removal of snow banks accumulating on the pavement or next to it and ensuring that the adjacent gutter or storm water inlets are not blocked.

The winter maintenance of bus and tram stops and emptying of waste bins are the responsibility of the property, if the stop is located on the pavement in front of the property.

The winter maintenance of bus or tram stops located in front of the property on the pavement and waste bin emptying.

If the bike route is clearly structurally separated (e.g. by a row of trees or clear boundary or the routes are at different levels) from the adjacent pavement, the winter maintenance of the pavement is the responsibility of the property.

Total street maintenance responsibility areas (green areas on map)

Street maintenance tasks have been taken over by the City. This means that the City carries out the winter maintenance of both roadways and pavements. However, properties must clear their driveways after streets are ploughed. Properties must also take care of prevention of slipperiness, if any meltwater from the property has frozen in the street.

Properties pay the City a maintenance fee for taking care of tasks belonging to them.

In the Östersundom district, the City is responsible for all road and street maintenance, with the exception of private roads and roads that are the responsibility of road maintenance bodies or the Finnish Transport Agency.

Total street maintenance responsibility in the City centre

The City Board decided in 2012 to gradually start employing total street maintenance responsibility in the City centre, as well. The City assumes responsibility for the street cleaning and winter maintenance tasks belonging to the properties.

The City’s financial situation will impact the progress of the project.

In the first stage, the total street maintenance responsibility was expanded to cover the Pasila, Kumpula, Toukola and Vanhakaupunki city districts on 1 January 2015. The decision to employ total street maintenance responsibility was made by the Public Works committee on 17 March 2015.

In the second stage, the total street maintenance responsibility expanded to cover the Laakso, Meilahti, Ruskeasuo and Taka-Töölö districts on 1 October 2016. The decision to employ total street maintenance responsibility was made by the Public Works committee on 26 April 2016.

A partial maintenance obligation was employed in Katajanokka on 1 October 2019, meaning that the City is responsible for transporting snow to snow dumping sites and washing the streets in the spring. A decision on the matter was made by the Buildings and Public Areas Sub-committee. The objective is to compare the suitability of these models to conditions in the city centre.



27.01.2021 16:34