Estonia closes border for trucks in Narva for three months

The restriction of Estonian authorities was explained by the reconstruction of transit roads and Tulevik Street, which is located at the entrance to Narva. Oversized vehicles will be redirected to other checkpoints

Bridge in Ivangorod, Russia (left) and border crossing in Narva, Estonia

Estonian authorities will suspend the passage of heavy vehicles through the Estonian-Russian border crossing in Narva from August 18 for three months, ERR reported citing local authorities.< /p>

According to him, from this day on, changes in the organization of traffic will come into force in the city. They are connected with the implementation of the project for the reconstruction of transit roads and Tulevik Street, which is located at the entrance to the city.

Oversized vehicles will be redirected to other checkpoints— “Koidula” and «Luhamaa» (from the Russian side «Kunichina Gora» and «Shumilkino» in the Pskov region).

The Estonian authorities expect the restriction to be in place for about 2.5–3 months. If construction work is completed earlier, the previous traffic order will be restored immediately, they assured.

The day before, Estonia temporarily closed the automobile checkpoint on the border with Russia in Narva. Tallinn explained the limitation by work on updating software, the Federal Customs Service of Russia reported.

On the same day in the morning, the Estonian authorities decided to dismantle a number of Soviet monuments in Narva, including the T-34 tank. According to the Prime Minister of the Republic, Kaya Kallas, against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine around the memorials, “tension and confusion are growing”; and the authorities must “act quickly to ensure public order and safety.” ERR reported that in early August, due to reports about the removal of the tank, more than 100 local residents gathered near the monument “to protect it.”

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