The newly refurbished section Kose-Võõbu section of the Tallinn-Tartu highway, which includes multi-level intersections, is to be opened on August 14, with a speed limit of 120 km/h to be imposed. Estimates say this will cut average car journey times between Estonia's first and second cities by around nine minutes.
The Kose-Võõbu section was built by two road construction companies, including TREV-2, whose director Sven Pertens told ERR's "Vikerhommik" radio show that the new stretch of road will be opened to traffic on August 14.
Work on the almost 28-km-long stretch, which straightens out a formerly fairly winding section straddling Järva and Harju counties, took three years to complete. It will also make the Tallinn-Tartu road 3.5 km shorter than previously.
Pertens said that all intersections on the stretch are multi-leveled, and the roadsides are lined by wildlife fences, as well as featuring subterranean animal crossings.
Additionally, there will be a rest area created at Ardu, a small borough in Kose Parish, Harju County, in northern Estonia.
Editor: Roberta Vaino