The renovated Gonsiori St. which prioritises public transportation and uses a variable traffic lane for passenger car traffic was opened today in Tallinn.
Gonsiori St. was opened by young roller skaters with a race in four age classes. City line buses which also took on passengers who wished to try out the smoothness of the newly renovated street were the first vehicles to pass through the street.
“The new Gonsiori St. is open for all passengers, but its most innovative aspect is having two bus lanes,” said Taavi Aas, mayor of Tallinn. “The new Gonsiori St. prioritises public transportation, making it faster. It is also a step towards a city centre with reduced car traffic.”
The mayor estimates that the new organisation of traffic may take time to get used to, but steps towards reducing car traffic in the city centre are inevitable if we aim at a more pleasant city environment. “Variable direction traffic has been previously used in Estonia as a temporary solution many times before, but in this case, it is a permanent solution,” said Aas.
A central lane with double lines is intended for passenger cars on Gonsiori St. and it can be used to drive from Lasnamäe to the city centre in the morning and from the city centre towards Lasnamäe from noon.
The total cost of the project, including the reconstruction of Kunder and Türnpu Streets, Pargi and Reisi parking lots and Laagna road was 9.26 million euros with owner supervision.
The works included the reconstruction of Gonsior St. from the intersection at Maneeži St. to Laagna road with a total length of about 1.5 kilometres.
A total of about two kilometres of carriageways and were reconstructed and about five kilometres of pavements, walkways and bicycle lanes were created and reconstructed. New traffic control devices and planting were installed on the street with a total of 96 trees planted.