City govt grants permission for building new bridge on Parnu River

  • 2021-06-14
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Parnu city government has decided to grant a building permit for the construction of a bridge to connect the Raba and Lai streets in the southwestern Estonian resort town of Parnu; the works are planned to start this fall and will be concluded by summer 2023.

"We've made enough progress in the administrative portion of the works to be able to start the construction soon," Mayor of Parnu Romek Kosenkranius said in a press release. The city government is planning to announce public procurement within the next few weeks and start the construction works this fall.

In May this year, Kosenkranius told the regional newspaper Parnu Postimees that the cost of the bridge, its access roads and roundabouts will total some 27.2 to 27.6 million euros. The city sees three main sources of funding for the project with around one-third of the investment coming from the EU, one-third from the Estonian state budget and one-third from the budget of the City of Parnu.

After the bridge connecting the Raba and Lai streets has been completed, the city is also planning to reconstruct the city center bridge in approximately five years' time to widen the pedestrian and non-motorized sections of the bridge. The motorway on the bridge will continue to consist of one lane in both directions.