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Construction began on cycling path linking Lasnamäe to Tallinn centre

On the order of the Tallinn Urban Environment and Public Works Department, the construction of a pedestrian and cycling path, linking the Lasnamäe cycle route to the city centre, started on 28 June. In the first stage, a section of the road will be created from Tondiraba Park to Vana-Kuuli street. The contractual deadline for the cycling path is November 2022.

"The new cycling path will allow walking and cycling along the entire Lasnamäe green corridor, more specifically from the district's border with Kadriorg Park to the Pirita riverbank on the far side of Lasnamäe. It is not just a road, but a new high-quality urban space that will significantly increase the possibilities for walking, cycling and sports in the largest district of Tallinn. I hope that by creating a better connection between Lasnamäe and the city centre, we will be able to encourage the citizens of Tallinn to walk more actively and to use alternative modes of transport," said Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vladimir Svet.

"Many Lasnamäe residents are looking forward to this pedestrian and cycling path, as it will allow them to reach the city centre safely and conveniently on foot, by bicycle or by scooter. I also hope that the completion of the new cycle path will motivate our people to be more physically active," added Lasnamäe district elder Julianna Jurtšenko.

The first stage of the works will include the construction of a 1.2 kilometre section of the cycle path from Tondiraba Park to the intersection of Vana-Kuuli and Liikuri streets. The new section will mainly run parallel to Liikuri street. Pedestrian and bicycle lanes will be separated, with the footpath lined with paving stones and the cycle path with asphalt. A jogging track with bark coating will be created along the footpath. For cyclists, a wheel pump, a bike repair station and bicycle stands will be installed on the section of road. Resting areas with benches and litter bins will also be provided along the path.

To ensure a safe crossing for pedestrians and to slow traffic, a safety island will be installed on Liikuri street and a speed bump on Lindakivi street. To ensure the safety of visually impaired pedestrians, textured paving strips will be placed next to pedestrian crossings.

LED street lighting and special lighting for crossings will be installed along the stretch. The area bordering the road will be lined with a total of 2,916 planted trees - 26 common oaks, 57 Swedish whitebeams, 23 common whitebeams, 1,050 purple willow and 1,760 common hazel trees. The landscaping work will also include the creation of several flower beds and meadows.

The project documentation for the cycling path was prepared by OÜ Keskkonnaprojekt, the landscape architecture was designed by OÜ Lootusprojekt and the construction work will be carried out by AS TREV-2 Grupp. The contract value of the works is €1.46 million. The City of Tallinn has applied for support for the project from the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Road users on Liikuri street are asked to note that due to the construction works, normal traffic in the area will be disrupted and temporary traffic signs should be followed. 

 

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