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Planning of route environs

In planning the route environs, an attempt is made to find ecologically durable, pleasant and harmonious solutions. By means of terrain design, the handling of existent vegetation and the design of plantings and coatings, the new route is firmly connected to the surrounding landscape. This way pleasant landscape entities are composed for the driver and variability is brought to the travel experience. Reconciliation with the route scenery is important also from the perspective of the residents.

Route environs comprise motorways, the countryside or roads and rail environments located in urban surroundings. The route environs communicate something about the character and special features of the area concerned, so they are emphasised and clarified by means of planning.

The client specifies the construction level of the route environs during the level-related general planning stage, but also the processing of the landscape’s current elements is very large – frequently having greater significance than the construction itself in defining the identity of the venue.

Through landscape planning, traffic safety is promoted by creating optical control, preventing glare and by directing care to the right targets in the right manner.

Planning and construction are rather large-scale in character, the route phase is often several kilometres long, and the travel speeds along the routes are substantial. Due to this, the handling of the landscape is also large in scale, and far-sighted terrain designs in planning are very important. Small-scale planning is concentrated on areas where the traveller has the chance to notice the details as well: e.g. the pedestrian surroundings or rest areas.

The attention of travellers can also be drawn to special historical sites located along the route or the locality’s particular features, by means of environmental construction and, e.g. lighting. The large surface areas to be looked after and small maintenance allocations require an understanding of the work carried out by the maintainer as well as the development of new types of less-care solutions.

In addition to the landscape, the handling of nature sites is also planned, such as the preservation or advancement of habitat conditions important from the perspective of animals, birds, fish, insects or endangered plants. From the perspective of the environment, important objects are clarified at the initial stage of planning, and their required procedures are agreed on between the specialists and public officials. In particular, where nature sites are concerned, the cooperation not only between Sito’s own specialists but also between partners and officials is very important.

In the planning of route environs, Sito’s versatile and interdisciplinary grasp on planning comes to the fore quite well.