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Old April 12th, 2011, 01:52 PM   #561
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Estonian ice roads in numbers (January 2011 - March 2011):

Ice Road no.1 (Haapsalu-Noarootsi; 3,5km long route): 11013 cars. The longest time opened (since 29th January to 24th March)
Ice Road no.2 (Rohuküla-Sviby; 9,5km long route): 5101 cars
Ice Road no.3 (Rohuküla-Heltermaa; 25km long route): 14091 cars. The longest iceroad in Estonia.
Ice Road no.4 (Munalaid-Kihnu; 12km long route): 3304 cars
Ice Road no.5 (Kuivastu-Virtsu; 10-12km long route): 17112 cars. Iceroad with highest traffic density.
Ice Road no.6 (Hiiumaa-Saaremaa; 18-22km long route): 5042 cars.
Total traffic: 55663 cars
Cost of construction & maintenance of ice roads: 278410 Euros

For comparison,traffic volume in 2010 (4 iceroads were opened) - 17214 cars.

Source: http://www.postimees.ee/?id=417991
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Old April 13th, 2011, 12:17 AM   #562
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Indeed. And 'blood' is 'veri', also similar to Hungarian.
"Vér" yes, close enough
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Old April 15th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #563
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Major roadworks in Estonia this year (btw,notice how almost all roads leading to Tallinn are being repaired/rebuilt atleast Tallinn's ring road doesn't seem to have any works planned,so there just might be a way to into the city) :


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Red - major construction & repair works
Black - gravel roads paving
Yellow - gravel roads repairs
Green - removing dangerous location from traffic scheme
*** - projects continuing from 2010 to 2012
** - projects continuing in 2012
* - projects continuing from 2010
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Old April 16th, 2011, 12:10 AM   #564
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atleast Tallinn's ring road doesn't seem to have any works planned
Actually you are wrong. Check: http://www.mnt.ee/public/2011/2011kevad.pdf .
The construction of the grade-separated Luige intersection will begin this year and it is planned to be finished in 2013.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 10:24 AM   #565
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Today the speed limits will once again rise for the summer on Estonian highways:
100 km/h - 653km
110 km/h - 148km
Map: http://www.mnt.ee/public/kiirused3.pdf
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:00 AM   #566
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I decided to try out photographing highways. I'm not sure how good result is,but I hope it's okay. Criticism & ideas what to do better are welcome

Route taken: Harju County border to Tallinn,using Ääsmäe-Haapsalu [9] and Tallinn-Pärnu [E67] highways. Date - 21st May.
You can see route taken here

Part 1: Ääsmäe-Haapsalu highway [9],from Harju county border to Kernu parish border.

[IMG]http://i53.************/1z6qsfc.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i53.************/rvd1ew.jpg[/IMG]

Close to Ellamaa village.
[IMG]http://i53.************/1hz85l.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i53.************/zy99b8.jpg[/IMG]

Former Ellamaa railway crossing (of dismantled Riisipere-Haapsalu railway) Right now railway dam has been turned into bicycle road,which crossed highway here. Bit dangerous,if you ask me.
[IMG]http://i56.************/keuutx.jpg[/IMG]

Just outside Turba borough.
[IMG]http://i54.************/21bspxj.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i51.************/vcw4mv.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/9pstwi.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/33pf3oh.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/rhpirp.jpg[/IMG]

Highway bridge over Munalaskme stream.
[IMG]http://i51.************/2r7wy7s.jpg[/IMG]

Just outside Riisipere borough..
[IMG]http://i55.************/286v32s.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/30at6ht.jpg[/IMG]

Highway bridge crossing Tallinn-Riisipere railway.
[IMG]http://i53.************/2czqd8j.jpg[/IMG]

Off the bridge. You can see highway weather station on the right.
[IMG]http://i53.************/2drhx5c.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i55.************/hrnedl.jpg[/IMG]

..And Kernu parish border.
[IMG]http://i53.************/ip4h3n.jpg[/IMG]
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:42 AM   #567
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Tin Can, I think the results of your attempt are excellent. Those roads look very much like Lithuanian roads.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:55 AM   #568
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Part 2: Ääsmäe-Haapsalu highway [9],from Kernu parish border to Ääsmäe interchange on E67.

The rampart on the right is part of Laitse Rally Park. It's probably erected for safety reasons - to avoid rally cars crashing on a highway and to avoid drivers on highway losing their focus on road.
[IMG]http://i54.************/2eq9o93.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/xmo4gg.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i54.************/143dgk3.jpg[/IMG]

Upcoming intersection...
[IMG]http://i55.************/2s6pqid.jpg[/IMG]

..with roads leading to Laitse & Ruila villages.
[IMG]http://i51.************/9r3ax3.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/2sbv8tz.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i51.************/15nahdg.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/2hpqh5g.jpg[/IMG]

Saue parish border.
[IMG]http://i51.************/15dawc2.jpg[/IMG]

Intersection with Ääsmäe-Keila highway.
[IMG]http://i52.************/29x8cjs.jpg[/IMG]

Right after that highway ends with Ääsmäe interchange.
[IMG]http://i53.************/203tqv.jpg[/IMG]

Bridge crossing our road here is Tallinn-Pärnu highway,on which we'll continue next.
[IMG]http://i53.************/2j2agzs.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i55.************/rlapok.jpg[/IMG]

Tallinn-Pärnu highway entrance ramp.
[IMG]http://i56.************/2dt6byp.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i54.************/2rpwu8p.jpg[/IMG]
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:44 AM   #569
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Part 3: Tallinn-Pärnu highway [E67],from Ääsmäe interchange to Kanama interchange.

[IMG]http://i52.************/9usqko.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i51.************/335co51.jpg[/IMG]

Maidla river bridge.
[IMG]http://i51.************/2hge42c.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i52.************/f8mk9.jpg[/IMG]

Keila river bridge.
[IMG]http://i54.************/2e5v0av.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i51.************/2qiydrm.jpg[/IMG]

Approaching Kanama interchange.
[IMG]http://i54.************/ilezdj.jpg[/IMG]

Sign indicating roadworks in Tallinn,Ülemiste interchange and pointing out option of using Tallinn's ring road to bypass city,when heading to E20 or E263.
[IMG]http://i51.************/2psjcit.jpg[/IMG]

Plenty of informative signs,which in theory should guide even the most ignorant drivers to right place.
[IMG]http://i51.************/2ufu72r.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i53.************/2rr2sdw.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i55.************/21c8tvl.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i55.************/29cukk9.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/262rslg.jpg[/IMG]

Tallinn's ring road,part of E265,crosses Tallinn-Pärnu highway here. Kanama cloverleaf interchange itself has got major repairs in last few years.
[IMG]http://i52.************/2qlzku8.jpg[/IMG]
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 03:21 AM   #570
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Part 4: Tallinn-Pärnu highway [E67],from Kanama interchange to Tallinn.

From Kanama to Tallinn highway has roadway lights. Possible hint of this section being turned into motorway in distant future?
[IMG]http://i56.************/15pgb5v.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i52.************/ac8pc1.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i54.************/20u51kj.jpg[/IMG]

U-turn on a highway...probably odd thing for most foreigners
[IMG]http://i53.************/65mjcn.jpg[/IMG]

Sign on the right indicates access road drivers must use to get to Pärnu highway 535 (warehouse probably) Here E67 morphs into longest street in Estonia.
[IMG]http://i54.************/aqt5j.jpg[/IMG]

First intersection with traffic lights on city border.
[IMG]http://i56.************/rrlds2.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i52.************/wa4p41.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i55.************/sov9d1.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i56.************/hsoldl.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i55.************/1z71l6c.jpg[/IMG]

Those 'gallows' (there's one more on the other side of the road) indicate that we have reached Tallinn.
[IMG]http://i51.************/2nlsgw2.jpg[/IMG]

Well,that's all

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 05:36 PM   #571
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Tin Can, I think the results of your attempt are excellent.
Thanks! Tbh,I'm not happy about few pics being tilted and as I'm too lazy to adjust them,I'll excuse myself by saying that 'car had a flat tire' But maybe I'm too critical...

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Those roads look very much like Lithuanian roads.
Overall looks & signage - yes. Road quality - probably no (I've got a feeling that Lithuanian roads have better overall quality)
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 05:39 PM   #572
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Great pictures. There should be a site that covers all Estonian main roads
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 07:30 PM   #573
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Are there plans to upgrade highway 4/E67 to motorway standards? Judging by these photos it looks quite close to those standards.
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Again, how long is that 2+2 section seen in the photos? I see 110km/h sign there. Does it have expressway status?
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Are there plans to upgrade highway 4/E67 to motorway standards? Judging by these photos it looks quite close to those standards.
No,there aren't any official plans,but it's likely that 2+2 sections of E20,E67 & E263 might be turned into motorways in the future. Tallinn-Ääsmäe section of E67 still needs on/off ramps with additional lanes for few sideroads,removing of U-turns and building crash barriers before it can be turned into motorway.
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Again, how long is that 2+2 section seen in the photos? I see 110km/h sign there. Does it have expressway status?
~27-30 km long. Coming from Tallinn's side,2+2 road ends with that Ääsmäe interchange. And no. As it has been several times discussed here,we don't have expressway or motorway status for roads right now.
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~27-30 km long. Coming from Tallinn's side,2+2 road ends with that Ääsmäe interchange. And no. As it has been several times discussed here,we don't have expressway or motorway status for roads right now.
That's quite interesting because normally you don't get 110km/h on rods with no expressway status. There are exceptions of course (like UK, here motorway and ordinary 2+2 has same speed limit) but generally it's not very common. E.g. in Lithuania that road would have 90km/h speed limit. It may be given a 100km/h but not very likely (this was the case with Vilnius-Kaunas in non-expressway sections) while 110km/h would only be on expressway i.e. 2+2 with a white car sign in a blue background.

Btw, the "gallow" style signs near Tallinn look very cool. Simple yet very modern-looking. That's the way it should be done.
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There is no such term as an "expressway" in Estonian road legislation.
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There is no such term as an "expressway" in Estonian road legislation.
Is there no such or similar-looking sign in Estonia?

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Is there no such or similar-looking sign in Estonia?

No,but we have these:



I know,it's confusing

EDIT: for clarification - we have motorway signs described in traffic law,but these are not used as officially right now we don't have anything which would fit description of motorways. Our 2+2 roads would fit expressway term,but no such thing is used here (this also means no expressway signs) because we have 1 class highways,which are ''not quite motorways,not quite expressways''.
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That's quite interesting because normally you don't get 110km/h on rods with no expressway status. There are exceptions of course (like UK, here motorway and ordinary 2+2 has same speed limit) but generally it's not very common. E.g. in Lithuania that road would have 90km/h speed limit. It may be given a 100km/h but not very likely (this was the case with Vilnius-Kaunas in non-expressway sections) while 110km/h would only be on expressway i.e. 2+2 with a white car sign in a blue background.

Btw, the "gallow" style signs near Tallinn look very cool. Simple yet very modern-looking. That's the way it should be done.
These 110 km/h signs are used only during a summer season. Normal speed limit is still 90 km/h on these roads. It's same with 100 km/h speed limit on some 1+1 highways in Estonia.
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