The Finnish Transport Agency received three offers, and the aim is to sign a 20-year service agreement with the winner in the summer of 2015. Construction work will begin in the fall of 2015, and the entire motorway is estimated to be completed in 2018.
The consulting group formed by Sito Oy and Ramboll Finland Oy will be responsible for planning the project.
“Planning the roads and bridges has been divided between the firms so that Sito is responsible for planning the western part from Hamina to Saarasjärvi and Ramboll from Saarasjärvi to the Finnish border. Sito will also design the Rasa-ahonmäki motorway tunnel included in the project,” says Hannu Hilli, responsible for the tendering phase planning at Sito.
“This is an important project for Sito. Sito has been involved in the construction planning for the E18 in the Muurla–Lohja, Lohja–Lohjanharju, and Koskenkylä–Kotka sections, and the Hamina bypass. It feels good to also be a part of the last project to upgrade the E18 road to a motorway,” remarks Markus Väyrynen, Director of the Roads Business Sector at Sito.
The road section to be built is the last part of the E18 motorway, which crosses the country from Turku to the eastern border. The project will be implemented on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis, in which the service provider is responsible for the financing of the project as well as planning, construction, and maintenance.
For further details, please contact: Hannu Hilli
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