Efficient road network is a key to economic activity and mobility of people and goods. While basic road infrastructure (pavement) has been modernized on E67 transport corridor in Latvia and Estonia, traffic information systems to ensure efficient, environment friendly, safe passenger and cargo transport need considerable improvements.
SMART E67 project aims to increase efficiency and safety of passenger and cargo mobility in the Central Baltic region by introducing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on E67 transport corridor – a key transport corridor in Estonia and Latvia (North-South direction). Implementation of the project in partnership between Latvian State Roads and Estonian Road Administration ensures that ITS elements are introduced in critical nodes of transport (8 in Latvia; 6 in Estonia) on the entire E67 transport corridor crossing Estonia (192 km) and Latvia (202 km). It facilitates joint technological approach to ITS and ensures seamless quality of transport information pattern in the entire transport corridor. Introduction of ITS elements on E67 via pilot investments into development of adaptive traffic management-roadside variable message signs (VMS), road weather information systems (RWIS) and other equipment providing to traffic participants timely, efficient and accurate traffic information will result in a decrease of travel time of passengers and cargos by 0,57% if compared to the current travel time in this section. The project will foster safety of passenger and cargo transport and diminish CO2 emissions due to timesavings of transport on road. Introduction of ITS on E67 is the most feasible option to improve the efficiency of passenger and cargo transport in this corridor besides investment intensive infrastructure improvements. Project will approbate ITS-innovative approach widely exploited in EU, but insufficiently used in this region with a high multiplication potential.
Expected Results (EN):
R3.1. Travel time of passengers
Expected Outputs (EN):
SMART E67 project aims to increase efficiency and safety of passenger and cargo mobility in the Central Baltic region. Project will introduce elements of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) adding information and communication technology to E67 transport corridor–a key transport corridor in Estonia and Latvia (North-South direction) covering 202 km in Latvia and 192 km in Estonia. E67 road has a significant development potential to make it more efficient for passenger and cargo transportation. In both countries among other routes, it has the highest Annual average daily traffic (AADT) rates (16155 cars/per day in Estonia; up to 21122 cars/per day in Latvia with average 9500 cars/per day). E67 links with ports of Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga and CB with the rest of EU. Introduction of ITS on E67 is the most feasible and at the moment single option to improve the efficiency of transport in this corridor, besides infrastructure improvements (bypasses around metropolitan areas). Results contribute to the achievement of several programme objectives: (1) TRAFFIC EFFICIENCY via pilot investments into development of 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, congestions, accidents to decide upon dynamic retouring, variable speed limit signs to reduce travel time, fluent traffic with dynamic traffic signaling equipment; (2) TRAFFIC SAFETY via pilot investments into 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 and black spot management; (3) REDUCED CO2 EMISSIONS all above measures contribute to reduced CO2 emissions due to time savings of transport on road.