Third official ice road opened

Kihnu Virve tähistas Manijal oma 85. sünnipäeva.

PHOTO: ANTS LIIGUS/PRNPM/EMF

The Estonian Road Administration opened on Tuesday morning an ice road between the mainland and the island of Kihnu, the third official ice road to be opened this winter.

Weather permitting, the 12-kilometer track will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for vehicles with a mass of up to 2.5 tons.

Two of six official ice roads potentially opened each winter, the track connecting the regional capital Haapsalu with Noarootsi peninsula and the track between the mainland port of Rohukula and the island of Vormsi, were opened in January.

The roads will remain open as long as the weather permits.

Last winter two ice roads were open for traffic. The Haapsalu-Noarootsi road was used by 3,538 cars and the Rohukula-Vormsi road, by 1,778 cars.

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