Average traffic volumes on Estonia's state roads increased 4.5 percent last year compared to 2015, it appears from the results of a traffic census made available by the Estonian Road Administration.
The average traffic volume on state roads increased from 895 to 935 vehicles per 24 hours in 2016.
On primary roads, traffic volumes increased 4.7 percent to 5,033 vehicles per 24 hours, while traffic volumes on secondary roads grew 3.5 percent to 1,532 vehicles and on side roads 3.5 percent to 291 vehicles per 24 hours.
Traffic volumes were greatest in areas close to major cities and industrial centers. As before, the greatest volume of traffic was measured on the border of Tallinn on kilometers 13-13.8 of the Tallinn-Pärnu Highway, which was traveled by an average of 31,760 vehicles per 24 hours. Kilometers 9.2-11 of the Tallinn-Narva Highway and kilometers 5.5-8.6 of the Tallinn-Tartu Highway followed with 29,270 and 23,143 vehicles per 24 hours, respectively.
Traffic volumes on Estonia's primary roads have increased by 20 percent on average over the past decade, with the fastest increase, of 32 percent, being indicated on the Tallinn Ring Road.
There are altogether 97 traffic census stations in Estonia, 59 of which are located on primary raods, 35 on secondary roads and three on side roads.
Editor: Aili Vahtla