Tallinn Planning to Test Concrete Roads ({{commentsTotal}})

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Tallinn's Municipal Engineering Services Department has asked the city for 900,000 euros from next year's budget to test concrete road coverings on a section of the city's streets.

The project would see asphalt on three bus stops, one intersection and 500 meters of connecting roads replaced by concrete, uudised.err.ee reported today.

The national Road Administration has also conducted tests with concrete roads, but Tallinn's road department said the conditions are different on city roads, as speeds vary and there is more static stress.

An emigre Estonian who is a well-regarded road engineer in Australia has spoken publicly about the advantages of concrete over asphalt, saying that concrete roads are stronger and far cheaper to maintain.

Road conditions have received more than the usual amount of media attention this year, as late winter and spring's fluctuating weather caused consderable damage to many roads, especially in Tallinn and other cities.