Estonian–Latvian joint project SMART E263/E77

E263 (2) and E77 (A2) are roads that respectively connect Estonia and Latvia to the Russian border and Pskov (RU). They both have 2+2 motorway sections with very high traffic density near Tallinn and Riga. These are one of the most intensively used road sections connecting ports, logistic centres and they connect capitals with Eastern regions.

Dynamic speed management allows significant  time-savings  due increased speedlimits especially  in winter period when road conditions are safe. The growing transit truck traffic is seen as a critical player in traffic safety, more truck drivers from the Southern part of Europa are involved with minimal experience of winter driving causing an increasing number of traffic accidents. Smart traffic management solutions create new possibilities to communicate with road users to warn them about severe weather risks and to inform them on safe winter driving.

The project "SMART E263/E77" will implement smart traffic management solutions in close cooperation between Estonian and Latvian national road operators by sharing knowledge and developing new joint approaches. The cooperation with the national traffic management centres will enable pro-active cross-border traffic management.

The Estonian, E263 Tallinn-Tartu-Võru-Luhamaa road will have smart dynamic speed management (up to 110 km/h) in Tallinn-Kose 2+2 section km 6-40 and E263 section between Mäo and Luhamaa will be equipped with warning VMS signs to insure in-site critical road information delivery.

In LV, E77 (A2) Riga-Sigulda- border of Estonia 2+2 motorway section from A4 junction to A3 (30 km section) will be equipped with dynamic speed management (up to 110 km/h). The E77 section between the A3 junction to the border of Estonia will be equipped with warning VMS signs to assure on-site on critical road information delivery. 

It is estimated that all measures taken in Estonia and Latvia will save about 2,46 minutes of travel time per vehicle (0,88% up to 5,6% on 2+2 sections) and will increase traffic safety in Tallinn-Tartu-Luhamaa-Riga transport corridor. 

Sub-programme: Central Baltic
Project title: "Smart corridor Tallinn–Tartu–Luhamaa–Riga E263/E77"
Duration: 01.06.2020–30.11.2022
Lead partner: Estonian Road Administration
Partner: Ministry of Transport Republic of Latvia
Total budget: € 2 597 242
ERDF: € 2 103 766

Project manager: Kristjan Duubas, e-mail: kristjan.duubas [at] mnt.ee