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Old August 3rd, 2012, 12:13 AM   #841
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http://www.mnt.ee/index.php?id=20771 - few photos from the beginning of June.

Btw, I drove there in June, and I didn't see a local road viaduct over E20 (or, the construction of it...), which should be located in the eastern part of Viitna bypass. I know there were some problems between Maanteeamet and locals...
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Old August 14th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #842
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some low quality pictures of Viitna bypass

view to east


once more


View towards Tallinn


On the main road


(really sorry for the bad quality, its hard to take good pictures with a phone from a moving vehicle)
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:16 AM   #843
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Is this a real motorway? Sure looks like one.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #844
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Definately looking good, however in Estonia there are no such thing like motorway, so they just increase speed limit for such stretches.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #845
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Definately looking good, however in Estonia there are no such thing like motorway, so they just increase speed limit for such stretches.
What is the speed limit on a stretch like the one in photos above?
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Old August 15th, 2012, 02:32 AM   #846
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110 (?)
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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:05 AM   #847
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Is this a real motorway? Sure looks like one.
After each update the same question over and over again...
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #848
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Thanks for the photos, Maadeuurija

And yes, the speed limit is 110km/h.

Some history about Viitna bypass:
October 1986 - The construction of Viitna bypass starts.
1989 - Viitna-Palmse road, the viaduct (which you can see in the photos) and the road dam were finished.
1990 - Rõmeda-Aaspere 2x2 section was finished. Rõmeda is also the place where the 2x2 part of Tallinn-Narva highway stops.
1991 - Loobu-Turba road was finished.
1992 - The money ran out (due to obvious reasons ) and the construction was stopped.
1996 - Loobu intersection was finished. It's situated a few km Westward from where the photos were taken.
2010 - Construction on Viitna bypass starts again.
July 2012 - Construction works finish.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 03:35 PM   #849
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Btw, I drove there in June, and I didn't see a local road viaduct over E20 (or, the construction of it...), which should be located in the eastern part of Viitna bypass. I know there were some problems between Maanteeamet and locals...
IMHO there will be no viaduct, I drove past it today and where the old road to Viitna forks off there was a U-turn instead a viaduct
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Old August 17th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #850
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You can still use the viaduct built in the late 80s to get to Viitna from either direction. It's very convenient, you end up right in the centre.

I drove on it last week and it's fantastic. Although I have to say, Loo-Maardu is even more insane. I wish I had a dashcam to record it.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 12:46 AM   #851
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What is the main reason for not designating these roads as motorways? Is it simply a question of not having to build grade-seperated junctions or is there politics involved as well?

I drove E20 from Tallin to Narva a few years back and from what I remember a significant portion of that road had motorway standard.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 12:52 PM   #852
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Let me clarify things a bit. There are 2 different types of 2x2 highways according to Estonian road construction standards: motorways and I class roads. What you can see on E20 is I class roads. I class roads are less strict. You may have a few U-turns here and there and there's no limited access required, the shoulders and the median are a bit narrower, there's less lighting required etc. Many older I class roads have plenty of features that wouldn't be acceptable on a motorway. The "problem" is that newer I class roads are built by very high standards with proper grade-separated intersections, no access from adjacent plots of land, separate access roads and bicycle routes etc. It wouldn't cost very much to increase the standards just a bit and make it a motorway. There has been no official explanation as to why we have no motorways in Estonia but low traffic numbers is probably the main reason.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 01:35 AM   #853
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An update on Ülemiste interchange construction. These 2 photos are of the viaduct crossing Tartu road.

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Small teaser





I'm uploading rest of rather extensive set of Ülemiste road junction construction photos in upcoming days.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:46 AM   #854
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Ülemiste ? isn't close to the international airport ? if so, will it be linked somehow ?
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:21 PM   #855
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The airport is 1km South of this intersection. Although it won't be directly linked to the airport, this project will definitely decrease traffic jams and therefore make it faster to enter the city.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 01:41 PM   #856
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what is the scheduled end date for this project ?

at what date do you usually stop construction works in Estonia in winter time ?
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 03:21 PM   #857
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The scheduled date for completion is Autumn 2013.

Road projects usually grind to a halt at snowfall. Sometimes it's at the beginning of November, sometimes it's early January. It also depends on what kind of construction work it is. Laying down asphalt is not possible in cold and snowy weather. Concrete can be poured if necessary but it's more complicated and expensive. Groundworks stop when the ground freezes.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 03:33 PM   #858
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Does it also cross the railway? The flyover looks more like a large river bridge than a regular flyover.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 04:27 PM   #859
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This particular flyover only crosses Tartu road but there is also a tunnel U/C that will go under the Tallinn-Narva railway
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Old September 4th, 2012, 01:03 AM   #860
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And since Tin_Can is so kind to provide us with more updates, I thought I'd share them with you too.
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Photo update of Ülemiste road junction construction. Part 1.

Filtri tee (although calling it "road" is bit far fetched at this moment ).




Järvevana tee. New tunnels.




U/C pedestrian tunnel connecting light traffic road running along Järvevana tee with Filtri tee. Btw,another tunnel at Järvevana tee & Veerenni street interchange is fully completed.

Photo update of Ülemiste road junction construction. Part 2.

View from Majaka & Peterburi tee interchange.


You can see height difference here between sidewalk & street.


Corner of Kivimurru street & Peterburi tee. Biggest addition is safety island as you can see on the photo.


Katusepapi street is now dead end and doesn't have access to Peterburi tee. Instead it has parking lot next to Peterburi tee.


Temporary lanes surround viaduct ramp wall on both side here.




U/C viaduct at Tartu mnt. Click on the image for larger view.


And few more close-up shots.


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