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Estonian highways will have 2+1 sections

BC, Tallinn, 24.03.2015.Print version
The Estonian Highways Board will start as early as in 2015 the building third lanes enabling faster cars to pass in the Tallinn-Pärnu highway; in a few years' time, the highway between Põltsamaa and Tartu will also have 2+1 sections, LETA/Postimees Online reports.

The so-called 2 + 1 roads have an alternating number of lanes so that overtaking would be more convenient and safer. Highways Board Head of Planning Department Andres Urm says that there are different options for 2+1 road solutions.


"One of the possibilities is the so-called continuous 2+1 solution. This means that the second lane will be built alternately in each driving direction," he said. This option will be used on Tallinn-Pärnu-Ikla road. This highway has the highest traffic volume – on the 13.0 to 13.7 km section, the average traffic volume of 31,831 vehicles per day was measured last year.


Another possibility is that the road has largely 1 + 1 lanes, and in some sections, another lane is added to one direction or alternately on both lanes.


Highways Agency said sections will be built in Tallinn-Pärnu-Ikla road between Ääsmäe and Kernu and on the Tallinn-Tartu-Võru-Luhamaa highway between Põltsamaa and Tartu. The first is planned to be built between 2015-2017 and the second in 2018-2019.

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