Road Administration Cutting Investments, Focusing on Maintenance
The Road Administration has set a target of repairing all state-maintained roads every seven years, while cutting investments into new projects from 237 million this year to 168 million euros in 2014.
The administration repaired and renewed the surfaces of 1,800 kilometers of roads in 2013, but will need to increase annual road works to 2,300 kilometers to meet the goal, for which it will increase the maintenance fund by five million euros next year, ETV reported on Tuesday.
A total of 55 dangerous sections of road were improved, beating the target of 44 set at the beginning of the year.
A number of large projects were also completed this year, including the 85-million-euro Ülemiste road junction near Tallinn airport. But the EU's new seven-year budget for the 2014-2020 period has earmarked fewer resources for infrastructure investments.
The 168 million euros in investments next year will be used for new bypasses in Tartu and Tallinn, and longer stretches in western Harju County.