Tartu's Vabaduse puiestee to be pedestrianized through July

Electric bikes parked by Tartu Kaubamaja.
Electric bikes parked by Tartu Kaubamaja. Source: AIli Vahtla/ERR

A major thoroughfare in central Tartu is to be closed to car traffic from tomorrow, Sunday, until August 6, not due to roadworks but to open up the street to pedestrians during the summer.

The stretch of road, on Vabaduse pst, from the Kaubamaja intersection to the Kaarsilla junction, will be closed to road vehicles, which will be diverted via Narva mnt during that time, the city government says.

Kaubamaja shopping mall parking lots will still be working.

The change also concerns buses; lines 6, 7, 13 and night buses 21 and 22 are to be re-routed along Narva mnt, and a new, temporary taxi rank will be installed at the Raeplats bus stop and also in the Kaubamaja car park, replacing the Vabaduse pst rank.

The newly pedestrianized zone is set to feature picnic areas, street food, mini golf, table tennis tables, a basketball court, an outdoor reading "room", a child's playground and other attractions.

Days on either side of the closure will see the street closed to the public, with the above features open from July 3, and closing on August 2, ahead of the full restoration of regular traffic four days later.

The facilities are open to the public until 10 p.m. workday nights and until 12.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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