The Transport Administration and construction company Nordecon have reached an agreement for the development of the 167-171 km Kärevere-Kardla section of the Tallinn-Tartu maantee near Tartu. The development's total cost will be €12.6 million plus VAT.
The construction of the Kärevere-Kardla section will open the construction of the Tallinn-Tartu highway from the Tartu side, said Transport Administration head Kaido Padar.
The highway section in question will also pass through a Natura 2000 nature and bird area, which will be compensated with two sub-road wildlife tunnels. One of the tunnels is also multi-functional, being a passage for wildlife in addition to it being a supplemental road to the highway.
The second tunnel will ensure passage for wildlife exclusively. In addition, there will be two smaller tunnels for smaller wildlife and 7.7 kilometers of wildlife fencing on the roadside.
There will also be 337 m of noise barriers built on the land units of Metsatare, Saariku and Silla. The wildlife tunnels will also be protected from noise and light.
In addition, the contract obliges Nordecon to conduct land improvement works, communication and electrical works, the installation of new traffic management equipment and landscaping, both high and low.
The lane width of the new 2+2 road will be 3.5 m with a separating lane of 2.8 m. The roadside bed will be at least 2 m in width. The road section will also have a metal box girder to separate the two oncoming lanes. Additional access roads and turnaround lanes will also be provided in order to connect local traffic to the existing road network and to allow for access to roadside plots.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste