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Old January 13th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #61
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I love the pedestrian ways in the 2nd render

The bus stops on the motorways or the entrances look quite strange, are they common in Latvia?
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Old January 13th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #62
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I love the pedestrian ways in the 2nd render

The bus stops on the motorways or the entrances look quite strange, are they common in Latvia?
First, it's not Latvia , it's Estonia. Just this town has a street called "Riia"(Riga) that goes from the centre of the town to the bypass and that gives a name to the intersection.
Second, this road will not be up to motorway standards. Bus stops are on this bypass because there aren't roads running parallel to the bypass and it would be too expensive to build those roads + in some places there isn't enough space.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #63
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But are there any motorways in Estonia? Or only similar dual-carriageway roads?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #64
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Looks like Lithuania etc is going to make excellent use of its economic boom unlike Ireland which made a bags of it! (Irelands boom is over and we're still 10 years away from having the roads we should have had when the boom started )
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #65
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But are there any motorways in Estonia? Or only similar dual-carriageway roads?
True, there are no roads officially stated as motorways. But fortunately all expressways that are planned or U/C at the moment are with limited access, grade separated junctions, shoulders etc.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:34 PM   #66
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I afraid there is no need to build long motorways in Estonia except around Tallinn. When we drove there several times the roads were so empty. Heavy traffic starts around 40-50km before Tallinn. Isn't it a waste of money to build such long motorway to Tartu?
Here in Latvia we have dense traffic around Riga mostly and some sections really need motorway with 2 line or more badly. But it is 40-50km around city only too. If you drive 80 km away there are few cars around. Better put money in medicine which is in awful condition.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #67
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Traffic volumes are not the only reason to build a motorway...
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #68
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Build it as 2+1 with the land reserved for a potential 2+2/DC upgrade.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 04:55 PM   #69
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I afraid there is no need to build long motorways in Estonia except around Tallinn. When we drove there several times the roads were so empty. Heavy traffic starts around 40-50km before Tallinn. Isn't it a waste of money to build such long motorway to Tartu?
Here in Latvia we have dense traffic around Riga mostly and some sections really need motorway with 2 line or more badly. But it is 40-50km around city only too. If you drive 80 km away there are few cars around. Better put money in medicine which is in awful condition.
Emm....Nobody said anything about building a motorway from Tallinn to Tartu. It's just bypass that will be a 4-lane road. Here's the traffic density map. The purple part is where the byass will be reconstructed:

Though the number of cars in Estonia is increasing rapidly. In 2007, sale of new cars was 22% bigger than in 2006!

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Old March 11th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #70
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Some videos about different road projects in Estonia:
You can watch them by making a right click on the link and then "save target as"

1. Highway number 15 Tallinn-Rapla-Türi . It will be constructed into an expressway between Raudalu and Tagadi - around 15km.(some day) Video: http://www.arutec.ee/Files/Raudalu/raudalu.wmv

2. Ülemiste interchange in Tallinn. Construction will most likely begin in 2009. Video: http://www.arutec.ee/Files/Ylemiste.wmv

3. Tartu bypass. Videos 1. http://www.arutec.ee/Files/Tartu_bybass.wmv
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Old April 13th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #71
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I made a massive 6000 pixels Viamichelin map of Estonia.

check it out here.

You can zoom in to full size, and pan the map.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #73
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That's great, thanks!
Here's the 2007 traffic density map: http://www.mnt.ee/atp/failid/loenduskaart_eesti2007.pdf

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Old April 13th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #74
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I made a massive 6000 pixels Viamichelin map of Estonia.
Nice, Chris !

It's about time the Baltics have nice maps in viamichelin. I can only hope they'll add some for RO & BG soon.

A colorful map like this for China would be awesome . Also for the US and other countries - I don't like their current generic maps for those countries.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #75
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Here's the 2007 traffic density map: http://www.mnt.ee/atp/failid/loenduskaart_eesti2007.pdf
I don't think we can expect Russia to give away those two parts to Estonia... ever.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #76
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I don't think we can expect Russia to give away those two parts to Estonia... ever.
We don't expect that either. Double borders is our symbolic way to tell Russia that the Republic of Estonia has existed since 1918 and what happened between WW II and 1991 was an occupation. Since we don't have a border treaty with Russia, the latest contract we accept is from 1920 and by that these areas belong to Estonia...
Complicated stuff which definitelly does not belong to the highway forum.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 06:17 PM   #77
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Today a contract was signed to build the Mäo bypass. It includes a 6,4km long part of Tallinn-Tartu highway, which will be an expressway, a 1,4km long section of Pärnu-Rakvere road, which will be an expressway, 2 interchanges, 2,7km of noise barriers and 11,8km of lighting. Cost: 30 million Euros. It will be finished by September, 2010.
Big plan: http://www.mnt.ee/atp/doc.php?3776
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Old July 19th, 2008, 06:19 PM   #78
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How's the construction of fullsize motorways in the Baltic States going? I expected an increase of motorway building/rehabilitating after they joined EU. I especially expected a north-south motorway all the way from Tallinn to the Polish border.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #79
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You won't see that for a while, if at all. But a few sections should be motorway on the Via Baltica.
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It could be a boost for tourism. People scare off when they see that there are very few motorways on their route, especially families.
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