Estonia’s Prime Minister, Jüri Ratas, and Henrik Hololei, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport, officially inaugurated Rail Baltica first construction project, comprising the Saustinõmme viaduct.
The Finnish company YIT will construction a 4.1 km four-lane highway with a connection between Luige and Saku junctions. In addition to the road bypass crossing the Rail Baltica route, new twin bypasses of the Saku junction and an animal tunnel are planned for the section. One of the three double bypasses on the road section, the Saustinõmme viaduct, will cross the planned Rail Baltica route. All works should be completed by the second quarter of 2021.
EUR 19 million is the total cost of the construction, of which the Cohesion Fund contribution to the Estonia’s Road Administration works is EUR 10.31 million and the Saustinõmme viaduct financed by Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ and the resulting additional works about EUR 6.92 million.
“We announce the start of the construction of Rail Baltica in Estonia and to jointly place a cornerstone on the Saustinõmme highway bypass,” Riia Sillave, Head of Rail Baltic Estonia, said.
Saustinõmme viaduct, which crosses the main route of Rail Baltica, is the first cooperation project between Rail Baltic Estonia, the Estonian Road Administration and RB Rail AS in establishing Rail Baltica. Various intersections between the future Rail Baltica and the existing infrastructure will be built in cooperation with the Road Administration and also with major network operators in the coming years. This includes building highway bypasses, relocating high-voltage lines and gas pipelines.