The city of Tallinn has recently initiated a process to build a urban highway running along the eastern shore of the city. The main task of the road is to relieve the city from freight traffic generated by trucks coming and going to the harbour. At the same time the harbour authority is also going to relocate the long-term parking for trucks and lorries away from the city centre and repurpose these areas for residential and commercial uses. Moreover, the construction of the highway is expected to smooth the heavy traffic incoming from the north-eastern sprawling suburbs.
Many european cities are not only discouraging the construction of urban highwaysbut they are demolishing and repurposing those transport infrastructures that cut through the city or that are built through and along natural features. In this case Tallinn has planned to build a urban highway that is both in the proximity with the urban core of the city and that will go through the most popular park in the city and built a concrete slab all along the coast, turning the current sandy beach into a motor road.
Politicians have claimed that building the road is reasonable because the beach is not formally a recreational area as the administration consideres it as wasteland. Claims are also made that building the road would not arm the community since the shore is mostly used for anti-social behaviours and there is not attachment to the place.