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Tallinn ring road to go smart by 2023

Over one-third of the 5-million-euro project is financed by the Connecting Europe Facility

  • November 28, 2019 15:30
  • Author Plamen Petrov
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Source: Estonian Road Administration

The Estonian Road Administration has started the implementation of a €5 million project to turn the Tallinn ring road into a smart road.

The project will run until the end of 2023.  It is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union which contributes €1.9 million to the total budget.

By the end of December 2003, the agency will install on kilometers 0-30 of the ring road variable speed limit and warning signs, upgrade its network of weather and traffic monitoring systems and build a smart parking area for 100 trucks.

Installed V2I/I2V devices will alert the driver of possible dangers and help reduce the likelihood of traffic accidents. The innovative technology will also give warnings about traffic jams ahead and suggest alternative routes, thus improving traffic efficiency and offering a more environment-friendly driving.

Unlike similar existing applications such as Waze and Google, the V2I/I2V communication system leaves out the human link, allowing the vehicle to get the needed information from the infrastructure itself and make its own decisions.

Traffic diversion system in case of accidents

Another innovative solution to be tested for the first time is a traffic diversion system in case of road accidents.

By the border of the city of Tallinn and Venekula village a smart truck parking area will also be built, equipped with a snow scaffold, toilet, information kiosk, modern lighting, cameras and open WiFi area. Sensors in the truck park will collect information about free parking spaces and send it directly to the vehicle.

All Intelligent Transport solutions to be created will be managed by the traffic control center of the Road Administration.

Statistical data, provided by the road authority, shows that the number of road trains on Tallinn ring road has doubled over the past ten years. So, coupled with the new technology, the creation of modern parking facilities and a truck parking area will render traffic on Tallinn ring road much smoother and safer.

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