submitted by Estonia
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Modernisation of TEN-T road core network. Meeting road safety requirements and targets.
Reconstruction of the existing Via Baltica TEN-T core network road to 2+1 and 2+2 road in order to improve traffic safety by 50% and to meet environmental standards (noise barriers, animal fencing, ecoducts etc)
Due to the existing road infrastructure, the road traffic conditions and the driving habits on the Via Baltica do not guarantee a high traffic level, which is compulsory for transit road. In addition, due to all the factors listed above, the road has a low level of safety and this causes many traffic accidents with serious consequences. About 21% of the current Via Baltica road (Tallinn-Pärnu-Ikla) corresponds to the TEN-T core network safety and environmental standards. Pedestrian and bicycle roads and tunnels are largely missing on 1+1 sections what makes pedestrian and bicycle traffic unsafe. Safe and secure parkings, animal fences with ecoducts, noise barriers are missing.
Close to Pärnu sections, traffic volumes are about 13 000 vehicles, including 1700 heavy vehicles.
The highest accident rate in Estonia is on the Tallinn-Pärnu-Ikla road, therefore it urgently needs to upgrade transport infrastructure. Sufficient infrastructure investments will be needed, in the further EU financial perspective.
It is essential for the Republic of Estonia and for the modernization of the road transport network of other Baltic States’ to seek to fulfil EU’s transport policy on road safety and, in the future, to implement the Vision Zero concept.
The Via Baltica route, which lays from the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Estonia, is one of the most important transit arteries in the Eastern Europe. There is no other transport corridor in the Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia and Republic of Estonia for the transportation of goods in the North-South direction. On the road, the share of freight traffic is around 30%, thus requiring the highest-level quality of traffic conditions, to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.
However, due to the existing road infrastructure, traffic conditions and driving habits today, Via Baltica does not guarantee a high level of traffic quality for the transit route. There is a low level of road safety, which affects the emergence of traffic accidents with severe consequences.
Tallinn-Ääsmäe (km 13-27), 2+2 road.
2+2 Pärnu bypass section within the Pärnu city (km 124,68 -132,8).
- 2+1 road section between Nurme bridge and Jänesselja junction (km 120,2-122,1);
- Ääsmäe-Kohatu section (km 28-37), 2+1 road.
Kernu bypass (km 37-42) construction of 2+1 lane road.
Tallinn border - Topi junction 2+2 section (km 13-16).
Märjamaa section (km 62-77) Preparation of the preliminary design and environmental impact assessment.
- Libatse-Nurme section (km 99-120,6) Preparation of the preliminary design and environmental impact assessment of 2+2 road;
Kustja-Varbola section (km 42-62) Preparation of the preliminary design and environmental impact assessment.
Sauga-Pärnu section (km 122,6-125,2) Construction of 2+2 lane road. Improving road safety, sustainability and environment.
Pärnu-Uulu section (km 133,6-141,5) Construction of 2+2 lane road. Improving road safety, sustainability and environment.
- Varbola-Päädeva section (km 50-62). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement road safety and environment;
- Konuvere-Jädivere (km 77-89). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement of road safety and environment;
- Libatse-Nurme (km 99-120,6). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement of road safety and environment.
Libatse bypass (km 92-99). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement of road safety and environment.
Päädeva-Konuvere section (km 62-77). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement road safety and environment.
Kernu-Varbola section (km 42-50). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement road safety and environment.
Jädivere bypass (km 89-92). Construction of 2+2 road, improvement of road safety and environment.
Uulu-Ikla (km 141,5-192). Construction of 2+1 road, improvement of road safety and environment.
Estimated investment needs of Via Baltica is 605 mln € incl:
- Total cost of the construction of 2+2 roads on sections between Tallinn city border and Uulu junction is estimated at 455 mln € and construction period 2021-2030
- Total cost of the construction of 2+1 roads between Uulu junction and Ikla (border crossing) is estimated at 150 mln € and construction period 2031-2035.
Secured financing - 50 mln € (8% of total)
Design and construction of the road sections will be financed by national funding. Some project will be co-financed by Cohesion Fund (EU 2021-2027).