SMART E263/E77

Smart corridor Tallinn-Tartu-Luhamaa-Riga E263/E77

P3 Well-connected region

3.1. Improved transport flows of people and goods

Central Baltic

01.06.2020 - 30.11.2022

€2 597 243

€2 103 767

Project Summary:

The E263 (2) and E77(A2) are connecting roads to the Russian border and Pskov (RU) and both have 2+2 motorway sections with very high traffic density near Tallinn and Riga. They are one of most intensively used road sections connecting ports, logistic centres and they connect capitals with Eastern regions. 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 roadusers to warn them about severe weather risks and to inform them on safe winter driving.

The project "SMART E263/E77" will implement smart dynamic 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-Pihkva road 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 Estonian border will be equipped with warning VMS signs to assure in-site 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 sectons) and will increase traffic safety in Tallinn-Tartu-Riga transport corridor. 

Lead Partner


Country: EE

Partner budget: 1.338.243 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 1.083.977 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Latvijas Republikas Satiksmes ministrija

Country: LV

Partner budget: 1.259.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 1.019.790 EUR ERDF

Expected results

SMART E263/E77 project aims to improve transport flows of people and goods within the Central Baltic region in north–south and east–west directions. Project is targeted to people and visitors, transport and logistics companies using improved transport corridor and nodes of E263/E77. Project will introduce Intelligent Transport System (ITS) adding information and communication technology to E263/E77 transport corridor (EU TEN-T network) in Estonia and Latvia.

Results contribute to the achievement of program objectives R3.1:

Result indicator: Travel time of passengers
Timesaving on the corridor is 2,46 minutes per vehicle

Overall time savings 0,88 % for the whole project corridor, 5,6% for the 2+2 lane road sections (see Annex I)
Adaptive traffic management-roadside variable message signs (VMS - screens, alarming traffic lights, signs) providing to traffic participants timely, efficient and accurate traffic information about road conditions ahead due to weather changes, road works, congestion, accidents to decide upon dynamic rerouting, variable speed limit signs to reduce travel time, fluent traffic with dynamic traffic signaling equipment;

Results contribute to the achievement of program objectives R3.3: Transport flows of goods

Traffic safety and more fluent traffic flow will be achieved via investments into dynamic speed management, road weather information systems (RWIS), weather cameras to reduce traffic accidents by timely collection and delivery of information about changing road weather conditions: snow, black ice, etc. and on line video surveillance for incident management. Savings from reduction of traffic accident position in level of 7-13 Meur (Annex I);
Reduced CO2 emissions (not increasing): all above measures contribute to reduce or not to increase CO2 emissions due to time savings and more fluent traffic.