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Rail Baltic Track Could Feature Tens of Ecoducts

A study on the impact of the Rail Baltic transport corridor on wildlife outlined the need for between 20 and 30 wildlife overpasses in Estonia alone.

The proposed high-speed rail track would be 66 meters wide, flanked by a 2.5 meter fence, and would cut off vital wildlife hunting grounds, Eesti Päevaleht reported on Saturday.

Laura Klein, who worked on the nation's first ecoduct across the Tallinn-Tartu highway, said that said further studies are necessary to pinpoint the exact locations of the bridges, and each overpass could cost five million euros.

Rasmus Ruuda of the Ministry of Economic Affairs said that 50 million euros, or 5 percent of the projects budget for the Estonian part of the track has been earmarked for ecoducts, adding that an alternative would be to elevate the line by seven meters in some places, which would be more expensive.

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