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Old October 15th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #881
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The speed limit on some stretches of Pärnu bypass is 70 km/h, not like in city centre.
About traffic lights - yes, there is no "green wave", but route through city centre is also quite full of traffic lights.
I'm moving through Parnu every week and just comparing my own results. 70km/h does nothing because of red lights all the way...
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:48 AM   #882
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Quite interesting... Maybe it depends on time of the (week)day? Did you happen to drive through center of Pärnu during rush hour? Would be really strange if there were no even traffic congestions at that time... (I know, Pärnu is not Tallinn )
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Old October 16th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #883
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Well, to be honest, I can't imagine traffic congestions in so little town as Pärnu Never seen that.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #884
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Question about Estonian road signs and lay-out: Has it always been inspired by the Swedish and Finnish system, or was it different during Soviet times?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 03:07 PM   #885
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Well, to be honest, I can't imagine traffic congestions in so little town as Pärnu Never seen that.
Pärnu is 5th largest town in Estonia, btw, and reconstruction of bypass was the right decision, although it has some drawbacks (traffic lights incoordination)... They built 2 entirely new road stretches, Ehitajate road became wider so it easily handles heavy traffic. I do not insist you to use specific route, but imagine... Would be very if all the drivers ignored newly built bypass and drove through centre, as a result, traffic jams would become quite possible . For highway enthusiasts, Pärnu bypass is one of the most desired objects in Estonia.

I've also found an interesting video about it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb4eZhxTHTs
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Old October 16th, 2012, 03:11 PM   #886
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Question about Estonian road signs and lay-out: Has it always been inspired by the Swedish and Finnish system, or was it different during Soviet times?
During Soviet times, road signs were comparable to the rest of USSR.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #887
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Right, thank you.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #888
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For those who are unfamiliar with the area, the video shows the Parnu bypass from north to south.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #889
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Ülemiste road junction construction.

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Old October 17th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #890
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Alot of Škodas and Subaru's.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 02:15 AM   #891
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Škoda was for some time the #1 car brand in Estonia, now it's second after Toyota.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 10:23 PM   #892
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Something similar is happening in Latvia too, but they dont stand out so much, I mostly see German cars and Toyota's.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 11:21 PM   #893
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Well, Škoda has good quality and reasonable prices, so i don't wonder

Even i have thought of it
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Old October 25th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #894
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Top 10 car brands registred in Estonia according to Estonian Road Administration official statistics(2011).

1. Volkswagen
2. Ford
3. Audi
4. Toyota
5. Volvo
6. BMW
7. Opel
8. Skoda
9. Mercedes-Benz
10. Peugeot
(Both used and new cars)
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #895
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Top 10 car brands registred in Estonia according to Estonian Road Administration official statistics(2011).

1. Volkswagen
2. Ford
3. Audi
4. Toyota
5. Volvo
6. BMW
7. Opel
8. Skoda
9. Mercedes-Benz
10. Peugeot
(Both used and new cars)
What about to 20 car brends registered in Estonia? Is this statistic are published in internet?
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #896
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Welcome to the new improved Estonian Automobile Thread...
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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #897
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No one has any updates?
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #898
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It's winter now so I guess we won't see any major updates before April when snow has melted.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 11:58 PM   #899
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No one has any updates?
Updates... ok.

This September some bridge and pavement repairs were done on T-1 and according to traffic info page, the historic event has happened. You could have driven 110km/h all the way from Tallinn to Aaspere, where the dual carriageway ends. The Aaspere - Tallinn still has some gaps. After this someone even dares to ask why we don't have motorways? Come on... We can't afford to keep our nr 1 road in condition to allow 110km/h speed on the whole dual carriageway length.

Some news:
1) The situation around Väo interchange still remains uncertain. Turns out, that after all the buzz, Estonian road administration has ordered
another safety audit, this time by an independent company. Results arrived several days ago and were very predictable. Project was simply destroyed, as being unsafe.
Check the audit here (in Estonian):
http://www8.zippyshare.com/v/86065475/file.html

And guess what Estonian road administrations said?

I really liked the part, when they said, that building a 750meter collector road is not possible due to lack of funds. Get rid of unneeded gas station along with some access roads, make it simpler and cheaper.. And you have the money to build the required access roads.

Something like this:

But nope.

Somehow both Tallinn authorities and Estonian road administration are acting very silly in terms of road planning. Tallinn is allowing everyone to build access roads, where they want, which causes a lot of traffic problems or causes an unneeded waste of money.
Estonian road administration simply doesn't care about safety audits and choses unjustified expensive solution. We already have Mao interchange, Aruvalla - Kose to come and now Vao interchange... Enough already...
Also why waste money, when it can be built cheaper and better. According to some calculations, the old proposed solution, would have been cheaper to construct.

2) Estonian road administration plans next year to start reconstruction of Tartu - Viljandi highway from Tartu till Rohu.
First 700meters will be rebuild into IV class 2x2 road, the remaining 6.5km will stay a 1+1 III class road. But it will
bypass Marja village. The old road will serve as collector road, thus amount of intersections will be reduced, also several pedestrian tunnels will be build.
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3) Topi interchange on the ViaBaltica now looks like this:
http://www.mnt.ee/public/12089_Asuko..._1_30000_2.pdf
Does anyone still belives, that it will be built?

4) Tartu - Lohusalu section on the Tartu - Rapina highway has ended. It has gotten 3 new roundabouts and ~1km of IV class 2+2 road.
Plan:
http://www8.zippyshare.com/v/61947064/file.html

5) New pictures of Haljala interchange on T-1 E20:

More Here
It looks awesome!

6) In May Estonian road administration plans to start reconstruction of Voka bridge (T-1 172km). So expect detours in summer.
The good news - a new bridge with 12m wide pavement.
The bad news - it will stay in the same place, meaning that the geometry will stay the same, we will still have those 2 tight curves before and after the bridge, with 70km/h speed limit and a camera.
Also the awful intersection will remain, the one with no acceleration or deceleration lanes and a blind curve.
Plan:
http://www33.zippyshare.com/v/40306148/file.html

7) A new roundabout has opened near Taabasalu. It is part of the planned reconstruction of Tallinn-Rannamõisa-Kloogaranna road.
Plan:
http://www8.zippyshare.com/v/46607460/file.html
So first 2+2 sections on Tallinn-Rannamõisa-Kloogaranna road. Most likely the remaining section between city border and this roundabout will be build quite soon, along with a second roundabout. But I have high doubts, that the section within Tallinn will get some attention soon.

8) Maybe someone doesn't know, but construction of Vao - Juri section (Tallinn Ring road) has been pushed back to 2016 and most likely will be split into parts.

9) Estonian road administration has started early planning of several road sections. What possibly can be built in 2015 - 2020.
Tallinn - Narva road:
- Sillamae section reconstruction. Grade separated railroad crossing, pedestrian tunnels maybe some roundabouts.

Tallinn - Tartu road:
- Possibility to build 2+1 sections on Põltsama - Tartu stretch. The most interesting part is that planning is done according to Swedish standards! So yeah, soon we might get 2+1 roads, but not 16meters wide, like it was said before, but 12 meters wide ones.

Tallinn - Parnu road:
- Reconstruction of Aasmae - Kernu section. I class 2+2 or 2+1 depending on the study. Along with making early studies about a possible Kernu bypass.

Tallinn Ring road:
- Reconstruction of Keila - Saue stretch. Same 1+1, but with some changes to intersections and possible grade separation.
- Continuation of reconstruction of Tallinn - Keila section, with a possibility of widening the first 1km of road near Tallinn, between the 2 traffic lights, to 2x2.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #900
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Maybe someone doesn't know, but construction of Vao - Juri section (Tallinn Ring road) has been pushed back to 2016 and most likely will be split into parts.


There are also U/C:

Ülemiste road junction in Tallinn
Luige intersection (E265 Tallinn ring road)
Aruvalla-Kose (E263 Tallinn-Tartu-Võru-Luhamaa)
Postimaja intersection (E263 Tartu Western bypass)
Jõhvi viaduct (E264)
Kroodi intersection (T94 Muuga harbour road)

Is there any news about E263 Kose-Mäo stretch?
And what is happening with Kroodi intersection? There are some rumours that viaduct above railways has no enough clearance for underpassing trains or smth like that... Is it true? Or there are some land issues?
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