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Old December 26th, 2008, 11:17 PM   #21
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A Slovenian, living in Lithuania?
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Old December 27th, 2008, 05:32 PM   #22
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an U-turn on a motorway is quite strange
Estonia has no motorways(though there are traffic laws for driving on motorways and construction standards for building motorways) 4-lane highways in Estonia are classified as Ist class roads where U-turns are allowed.

For comparison:

A profile of a motorway(which we don't have) by Estonian standards:



And a profile of a Ist class road:

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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #23
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that 'motorway' pic was taken somewhere from Lithuania. And yes, there aren't motorways in Estonia and Latvia.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #24
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that 'motorway' pic was taken somewhere from Lithuania.
It's A1 near Kaunas.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #25
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A few photos from Tallinn-Tartu highway. This part between Vaida and Aruvalla was finished in August, 2008:

A wooden pedestrian bridge:






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Old January 7th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #26
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very good pictures! strange, why such road can't get a real highway status?
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Old January 7th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #27
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This current section is really short, but otherwise, I don't know. I think they should consider building motorway-standard roads. For example, Tallinn's bypass is planned to be reconstructed by I class road standards. It's not that much more expensive to make it a motorway....
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Old February 13th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #28
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Today, I made a small trip to Tallinn. I took some pictures of their roads.

Tallinn bypass [11]

On the 2x2 road from Narva [1]/E20 near Tallinn just before turn to [11] Tallinn bypass.


Before Veneküla junction on [11].


Junction [11] with [2]/E263 to Tartu/Tallinn.


Driving under [2]/E263.


Going right to Pärnu, left to Tartu.


Before [11] junction with [4].


2x2 [4]/E67 to Tallinn.

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Old February 13th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #29
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Really nice pics. I want to visit all the Baltic states once in the next few years. Are there any decent campsites in Estonia (or LT/LV?)
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Old February 13th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #30
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Via Baltica [4]/E67; Tallinn - Ikla

Joined [4]/E67.


2x2 to Pärnu.



[4]/E67 junction with [9] to Haapsalu.




Going left to Pärnu.


The 2x2 road ends after this junction.





Riia/Rīga - 241km.


Cought one speeder.


2x2 bridge over Pärnu river in Pärnu.


Frozen Pärnu river.


Left to Riga.


Riga - 168km


After the border Ikla - Aina˛i. Latvian speed limit sign.

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Old February 13th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #31
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Nice report Ripley!

It seems to be pretty cold in Estonia at the moment. The Pärnu river seems to pretty wide. Does it often freeze? AFAIK rivers don't usually freeze that quickly.
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It seems to be pretty cold in Estonia at the moment. The Pärnu river seems to pretty wide. Does it often freeze? AFAIK rivers don't usually freeze that quickly.
Wasn't that cold, temperature in Tallinn was -4 and it's been staying like this here both in LV/EST for a week or more now, so no wonder that it took some days to freeze Pärnu river.
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thanks RipleyLV, really nice report!! it seems they have not so little 2x2 roads far outside Tallinn!
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Many thanks for the pictures! Estonian police is no joke, BTW.
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Estonian police is no joke, BTW.
Better than a corrupt one, if you hear those stories about Ukraine and Russia where they ticket foreigners for nearly no reason. I guess that's not so much of a problem in Estonia?
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I guess not since it joined the EU. Still Bulgaria and Romania seem to have problems with a corrupt police, though they're in the EU. I read a newspaper article about corruption in Bulgaria a few weeks ago. It was quite shocking to read, but I guess that it's not entirely true, since most newspapers over here turn out to be quite negative about former Eastern European countries
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Corruption was into their system for decades, you don't wipe that away overnight.
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Old February 14th, 2009, 01:20 PM   #38
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Better than a corrupt one, if you hear those stories about Ukraine and Russia where they ticket foreigners for nearly no reason. I guess that's not so much of a problem in Estonia?
It is still a problem in Latvia, as far as I know(by an experience of a friend who was caught speeding in Latvia a year ago)... But in Estonia, there was a major corruption scandal a few years ago and more than 70 policemen were fired and accused for bribing so nobody dares to do that any more, which is good.
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Great pics, Ripley! But... Jelgava to Tallinn and back in a day?
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It is still a problem in Latvia, as far as I know(by an experience of a friend who was caught speeding in Latvia a year ago)... But in Estonia, there was a major corruption scandal a few years ago and more than 70 policemen were fired and accused for bribing so nobody dares to do that any more, which is good.
man, that's was actually a common thing for decades in all Eastern countries! and believe me, it will stay as long as there are people who give bribes and the punishments for cops who take them are too mild...
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