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Old September 16th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #321
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Great post. I love the smell of fresh asphalt and the sights of road-building machinery. This usually means good news for drivers. I guess travel times for those going to Kaunas and Vilnius from Palanga should be cut by ~10-20 minutes (depending on traffic intensity in the stretch).
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Old September 17th, 2009, 04:38 AM   #322
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Labas Lithuania! Greetings, I have a few Lietuve friends and do enjoy watchings pictures of your highways! Long live the expression you guys passionatly love "Kurva Macka blet!"
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Old September 17th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #323
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You shouldn't swear on this forum, no matter in which language. And your lithuanian friends should learn you something better, than some russian swear-words anyway, it's great, that you are interested about lithuanian highways thread
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Old September 17th, 2009, 08:50 PM   #324
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Emm, that's quite incorrect phrases your Lit friends learnt you, shpirtkosova! Just never use them any more, please! Anyway, good to see an interest from Albanian on Baltic roads!
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Old September 17th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #325
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Any city breaks you guys would reccomend? BTW I have always been interested in the Baltic states, their culture, history and languages.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 12:17 AM   #326
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Any city breaks you guys would reccomend? BTW I have always been interested in the Baltic states, their culture, history and languages.
City breaks? What about renting a car and doing a trip around Lithuania? Vilnius-Klaipeda-Palanga-Siauliai-Ignalina-Vilnius or something similar? It's a small country and roads are fairly good so travelling by car is quite an excitement because you actually get to see the whole country in a day or two.
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Old September 21st, 2009, 09:37 AM   #327
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Construction works started on A9 road Šiauliai - Panevėžys.


This 6.5 km long stretch gonna be reconstructed to dual carriageway
Thanks "zaraza-Šiauliai" from ************ forum for first photos of this stretch.
No big works still, just some earth moves





no idea how additional 2 lanes will fit under old railroad bridge


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Old September 21st, 2009, 03:00 PM   #328
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 06:49 PM   #329
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Very important imrovement I would say, good!!
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Old September 26th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #330
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I have done a little road trip from Vilnius to Visaginas (town with the nuclear power plant) on national road 103

The road condition is mostly good. It was recently reconstructed or repaved in places and some major works are still taking place. Future plans include some bypasses and more recopnstruction which will make it an excellent quality road and connection from Vilnius to the Eastern part of Lithuania

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Traffic wasn't high. It is much busier on warm summer weekends as many Vilnians go to the lakes and the Aukstaitija National park to spend weekends or holidays
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Svencionys town. At the present we have to drive through the town itself. A bypass road is planned to avoid this in the future
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SOme stretches are not as good but still of reasonable quality
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Scenic landscapes on the way
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The remaining photos are on the way back in and around Vilnius on A14 Vilnius - Moletai


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The recently reconstructed stretch of A14 near Vilnius
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If I'm not mistaken a 2 level junction is planned here
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Welcome to Vilnius
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Gelezinio Vilko street in Vilnius. In some parts 80km/h (that is within city limits) is allowed. This is one of the "high-speed" streets or semi urban-expressways that were planned and built in the soviet days. The idea was that 2 or 3 such streets would cross the entire city without 1 level junctions, pedestrian crossings or traffic lights. Of course, as everything in those days, due to lack of funding and expertise it was not 100% fulfilled according to the plan and what we have now is a more or less regular street with 2+2 and a green lane in between. I still hope that one day they will get converted into what was originally planned (using tunnels, multilevel junctions, multilevel pedestrian crossings etc. if needed)
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Some extreme stuff. A new slip road was recently built to connect the Gelezinio Vilko and Ozo streets. However due to the lack of space they couldn't do it properly and now we have a very steep (and I would say dangerous) slip-road
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Old September 26th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #331
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Great report. By reading this kind of reports you can get a good view of a country IMO
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Old September 26th, 2009, 11:06 PM   #332
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Nice work. I like quality of Lithuanian roads.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #333
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Great report as always.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 01:11 AM   #334
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Thank you guys. I was really inspired by the SSC road/highway section which was the main reason I started taking pictures of roads and driving "for no reason" observing various roads. This year I saw more of Lithuanian roads than in my whole life before that . I have to say I really enjoy that.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #335
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You see a lot more from a country if you're into roads.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 09:04 AM   #336
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Superb report and roads as well! Thanks for such work done!
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Old September 27th, 2009, 12:40 PM   #337
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Actually not here. It is planned one junction before They are now creating a technical project of 2 levels junction there By the way - great report ! It's always a pleassure to see your road reports
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Old September 27th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #338
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Great report. By reading this kind of reports you can get a good view of a country IMO
Not really . Most of those road projects are realised with the support of the EU. There are lots of other places were buildings are uninhabited since 10 years and are really ugly. You don't see those until you're actually driving around.

I've had a big "shock" when I drove through Latvia. The roads were sublime, but some buildings next to the road really looked bad..

In Estonia the situation is slightly better (thanks to better economy), but I can't really say anything about Lithuania.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 08:13 PM   #339
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Not really . Most of those road projects are realised with the support of the EU. There are lots of other places were buildings are uninhabited since 10 years and are really ugly. You don't see those until you're actually driving around.

I've had a big "shock" when I drove through Latvia. The roads were sublime, but some buildings next to the road really looked bad..

In Estonia the situation is slightly better (thanks to better economy), but I can't really say anything about Lithuania.
I suggest you drive through East London (zone 2-3) to see even more "shock" than that you have seen in Latvia

Anyway, having to agree with Timon here. Driving is the best way of seeing the country. That especially applies to less important roads (i.e. not motorways or A category roads).
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That's right. I'm not only talking about roads, but also about the surroundings. For example, when driving around on Istria (HR) I think I got a general view of what Istria looks like.
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