At the end of September, first-year students of the Road Engineering and Geodesy programme went to see how the construction of the Luige-Saku section of Tallinn ring road is progressing and what real work on a construction site looks like.
Tallinn ring road is a national road with one of the highest traffic frequencies in Estonia (about 10000 cars per day), where the Luige-Saku section is currently under construction. AS YIT Ehitus, who is overseeing the reconstruction of the road section, gave the students a warm welcome, gave them primary safety instructions, and introduced activities related to the site.
Larger construction work on the section already started in the spring of 2019. Now only a kilometer-long section remains, on which earthworks are being done. Earthworks constitute a very large part of the whole site's volume and in total, more than 465 000 m3 of soil is used to build the embankment. In addition, six viaducts have been built during the construction. The largest of them are 111,2 meters long and Rail Baltic trains will be passing through under them in the future.
If everything goes according to plan, the construction works may end as soon as this year. Traffic can begin on the finished section in the spring of 2021 at the latest.
Throughout the two-hour visit, the students got an overview of what has been done and what is planned. They also got to test the knowledge they'd already received from school – the students observed the quality of the construction work, they did not discover any shortcomings.
The Road Engineering and Geodesy study programme has greatly increased in popularity in the last couple of years. While only 11 people began learning road engineering in 2018, 37 and 33 people were admitted in 2019 and 2020 respectively.