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Old November 22nd, 2009, 08:53 PM   #121
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When I say "expressway", I do mean 1st class road. So yeah, no motorways for Estonia.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #122
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I don't think this has been posted here before.

Source: parnupostimees.ee (in Estonian)
Google translation here (be warned - it sucks). Basically, they're still making plans and nothing will be built before 2015 at least.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:27 PM   #123
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I have maps from the 1990's that show an expressway around Pärnu.

"First class standards". Does that mean 2x2 lanes with or without grade separation?
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Old December 16th, 2009, 02:19 PM   #124
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With grade separation, I think, but not sure. Maybe somebody who knows better can clarify.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #125
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It seems, that all 3 Baltic states will start the project at the same time. Just in Lithuania stretch Kaunas - Marijampolė is planned to start upgrading to motorway on 2013 (tender to make a technical project is already anounced) and all other stretches are planned after 2015, so I think after 2015 whole Via Baltica (E67) will become one long construction site.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #126
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I have maps from the 1990's that show an expressway around Pärnu.

"First class standards". Does that mean 2x2 lanes with or without grade separation?
There is no expressway around Pärnu currently. Bypass of Pärnu (marked as a red line on the map) is ordinary street and mostly 1+1.


1st class roads in Estonia are mostly grade separated but there could be also u-turns on the road etc. And it's 2x2.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #127
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IMO they should definately chose to build the blue-marked variant because thanks to it there will finally appear a real Parnu city bypass, not as it it's proposed on the red line - going through city! It will reduce traffic problems in Parnu and will create friendlier environment in the city!
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Old December 16th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #128
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The red line is not proposed - it already exists.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:23 PM   #129
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To clarify things a bit:
Most of our 2x2 highways were built during the Soviet period. They do not have limited access and often U-turns occure. Therefore these highways are not up to Ist class road standard.
All new 2x2 highways, however, are up to Ist class road standards: 3,75m wide lanes, 2,5m wide hard-shoulder, grade-separated and have limited access. U-turns are allowed but avoided, if possible.

In 2010 the reconstruction of the existing Pärnu bypass will begin. Here's the plan: http://www.mnt.ee/atp/failid/Parnu_u...ITUATSIOON.pdf
The bypass that tQz1 was talking about, will probaby be built when Via Baltica's Estonian part will be reconstructed to Ist class road. That won't probaby happen before 2020.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #130
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All new 2x2 highways, however, are up to Ist class road standards: 3,75m wide lanes, 2,5m wide hard-shoulder, grade-separated and have limited access. U-turns are allowed but avoided, if possible.
What is the speed limit on such roads?
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #131
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What is the speed limit on such roads?
From May to mid-September, 110km/h, at other times - 90km/h.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #132
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Why they will construct bypass mostly 1x2 road ? Or it will be with a reserve for additional 2 lanes ?
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Old December 17th, 2009, 01:12 PM   #133
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Why they will construct bypass mostly 1x2 road ? Or it will be with a reserve for additional 2 lanes ?
The western link is 1x2 because it's estimated traffic density is very low. The rest of the bypass which is part of Via Baltica, will largely be 2x2. Since Via Baltica is 1x2 before and after Pärnu, there isn't much point in building 2x2 within the city if traffic density doesn't demand it. Besides, they don't want to invest too much into the current bypass because they plan to build a bypass outside city limits anyway in the future.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #134
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My post from another thread:
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Don't know where else to post this, but there are some quite remarkable news concerning traffic safety and roads in Estonia.

Apparently, the number of deaths on roads will stay below 100 this year (currently 95). The remarkable part being that less than 100 deaths was previously recorded as far back as 1946 while for example, in 1991 the number was 491 people.

This is obviously partly affected by the economy, but road safety and public awareness has also improved greatly over the last 10 years.

So great news for the still decreasing population of Estonia!
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Old December 17th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #135
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It has A LOT to do with the fact that traffic density has decreased significantly during the last 2 years...and of course public campaigns, more strict police control, safer cars etc.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #136
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E263 between Aruvalla and Mäo, 28 December: (My apologies for the dirty windshield)




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Old January 4th, 2010, 01:35 PM   #137
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(My apologies for the dirty windshield)
Actually it looks clean. Nice snowy pics.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 11:30 PM   #138
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The pictures in the first post remind me of Minnesota.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 09:05 AM   #139
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It looks like you have less snow that we have in Latvia at the moment (actually mostly it's inversely)
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Old January 6th, 2010, 09:08 AM   #140
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In Enschede, NL, there is about the same amount of snow as in that part of Estonia right now
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