RB Rail to start geotechnical works on Tootsi-Ikla section

Artist's rendition of a section of Rail Baltic.
Artist's rendition of a section of Rail Baltic. Source: ERR

In July, RB Rail AS will start geotechnical works on the Tootsi-Ikla section of the Rail Baltica route with works taking up to two years.

Janis Erilaid, representative of project designer RB Rail, said: "Geotechnical assessments consist of measuring soil water level and strength of soil, along with many other related processes."

He added that assessments are a critical part of designing a safe and reliable railroad: "Assessments are done using drilling machines on continous tracks in order to minimize the disturbance to the surrounding environment."

The first stage of development will see boreholes drilled at a frequency of 300m. After specifying the detailed plan, that frequency will be brought to 100 m.

Erilaid noted: "After assessments, the condition of the soil is restored as close as possible to the initial condition."

Geological assessments will be coordinated with all land owners on the route via e-mail or telephone.

ERR News wrote on May 14 that construction of dozens of viaducts and other infrastructure on the Rail Baltic railway, which runs from Tallinn to the Latvian border, will start this year. 

By the second half of 2021, the construction of Rail Baltic will have started in all three counties: Harju, Rapla and Pärnu counties. From 2023, when the construction of the mainline begins, the investments of the Rail Baltica project in Estonia will also increase to several hundred million euros per year. 

The track, which runs through Estonia, will continue on to Riga and Kaunas before joining up with the Polish railway system at the Lithuanian border. When it is completed it will be possible to travel from Tallinn to Warsaw by train.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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