Tallinn Deputy Nayor Taavi Aas said the snarled traffic on Monday and Tuesday was caused by commuters insisting on using their accustomed routes to get to work despite road work.
The complicated situation would last until at least the end of next week, he said at a press conference Wednesday. Starting from Monday, August 18, things will be better.
The main problem, he said, was that Narva maantee was reduced from five to two lanes.
"As a rule, crews are working 12 hours a day. Please be so good as to use alternative means of transport wherever possible, it will make life easier so that those who have to drive can do so on the half-closed roads."
Those commuting to the city from Pirita district or Viimsi municipality were counselled to use Laagna tee or Peterburi maantee.
Tram lines 1 and 2 will be closed until August 24.
Important changes in the city center to bear in mind is that the Viru roundabout is reduced to one lane. Narva maantee, as said, is reduced to one lane in each direction at the Maneeži intersection. Drivers coming from Tõnismäe can no longer turn left on to Pärnu maantee, and there will be only one lane open in each direction for those on their way toward the Estonia Theater from Freedom Square.