Road maintenance

The principles of road maintenance have been established by the regulation of condition requirements. According to the regulation, a condition level has been set out for both paved roads and gravel roads.

Wintertime maintenance requirements apply in the case of road conditions characteristic to winter (snow, ice, blizzards etc.). Higher condition requirements apply to roads with higher traffic volumes, maintenance works are carried out more frequently and more thoroughly on such roads. Maintenance works are carried out less frequently and to a lesser extent on roads that have less traffic. Compliance to condition requirements is mandatory to the owners of all publicly used roads.

Road maintenance in summer

Road maintenance in the summer includes cleaning, maintenance and marking works.

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Road maintenance in winter

Overview of the road maintenance levels in winter.

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Road maintenance providers

Maintenance of national roads is provided by companies on the basis of 18 maintenance contracts.

The aim of maintenance works is to ensure the required condition levels of national roads. The performance of contracts shall be supervised by the head specialists of the maintenance department at the Estonian Road Administration; these head specialists check the achieved road conditions, not that every individual work is carried out. Monitoring involves the help of road weather information systems, cameras and GPS monitoring systems that are attached to maintenance equipment. 

Last updated: 04.02.2021