Traffic and public transport will be disrupted around Tallinn over the weekend due to two triathlon events - the Ironman Tallinn (September 5) and Škoda Laagri 4:18:4.
Organizers of the triathlons said all residents will be able to get to and out of their homes, but an additional waiting period should be considered. The possible wait for movement can reach 60 minutes.
Traffic will be regulated by licensed regulators for the running and cycling distances and residents, operative and emergency vehicles will be allowed through based on the regulators' assessment of the specific situation. Organizers are calling it reasonable to park vehicles in areas where traffic is more easily accessed before the races take place. This rings true for Kopli and Paljassaare residents especially.
Some streets of Tallinn will be packed with competitors between the period of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and traffic will take longer to get through. Traffic will be opened immediately after the race distances are closed and traffic regulation measures are removed.
On Saturday (September 5), in the period of 6 a.m. until 7 p.m., Ironman Tallinn will close the following Tallinn streets for the cycling distance: Kalaranna, Tööstuse, Kopli, Pelguranna, Lahepea, Paldiski maantee and the cycling path between Ehitajate tee and Stroomi Beach.
The cycling distance will also close roads outside of Tallinn. The following roads will be affected: Harku-Hüüru-Tabasalu-Hüüru-Kiia-Vääna-Viti-Vääna-Jõesuu-Keila-Joa-Vääna-Kiia-Hüüru-Harku-Instituudi up to Laagri.
The running distance will close traffic on Saturday on the following streets of the capital city: Kalaranna, Kalasadama, Põhja pst, Väike-Rannavärava, Kanuti, Aia, Viru, Vana Turu, Kuninga ja Kullassepa.
The Ironman Tallinn triathlon, set to take place on September 5, will begin with a 3.8 km swimming distance, followed by a 180.2 km cycling distance, which will take competitors outside Tallinn. The race will be closed with a 42.2 km marathon run, which will end in Noblessner.
On Saturday, bus lines 3, 21, 21B, 41, 41B, 66 and 73 will be diverted from the beginning to the end of the working day. Bus lines No. 20A, 27, 33, 36, 37, 40, 59, 61, 62 and 72 will be diverted from the beginning of the working day until six o'clock in the evening.
Additional buses will be implemented in Kopli and Paljassaare, which will allow for locals to move around better.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., tram traffic on lines 1 and 2 will be interrupted.
On Sunday (September 6), the Škoda Laagri 4:18:4 triathlon will bring changes to traffic in Haabersti. Traffic will be closed between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Pikaliiva tänav and Paldiski maantee up to Hüüru, going both ways. Traffic is also affected on Printsu tee.
Traffic schemes, maps and changes are available here (link in Estonian).
On Sunday, bus lines no. 27, 36, 61 and 62 will be diverted from the beginning of the working day until to 2 p.m.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste