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Old February 15th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #21
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Old February 15th, 2009, 12:24 AM   #22
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Old February 15th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #23
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Those expressways almost look like motorways (there are probably U-turns on them).
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Old February 15th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #24
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It seems surprising that Kaunas-Vilnius isn't motorway standard!
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Old February 15th, 2009, 05:03 PM   #25
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Yeah, it's shown on most map as a motorway... Maybe it are just slight differences, maybe some U-turns or lack of shoulders.

I'm still hoping for a full motorway from Warszawa to Tallinn though.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 05:18 PM   #26
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Does Lithuania have a ekspressway sign? I haven't seen one yet. Even Latvia has one, although there are no real ekspressways.

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Old February 15th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #27
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^ That sign just means the road is reserved for motor vehicles, it's not necessarily an expressway. As we could see, even a street in Berlin with 50-km/h speed limit has that sign.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #28
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I'm still hoping for a full motorway from Warszawa to Tallinn though.
At the moment, work is in progress to set the route for a 2x2-lane via Baltica in Estonia...but I don't think it will be built in the next 15 years.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 09:29 PM   #29
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I'm still hoping for a full motorway from Warszawa to Tallinn though.
I doubt that will come in the nearest 15 years! To have 2x2 road from Tallinn to Warsaw means not just to upgrade the existing ones but almost built totally a new highway road, which will cost enormous amounts of money for all our countries!!
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:36 PM   #30
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Does Lithuania have a ekspressway sign? I haven't seen one yet. Even Latvia has one, although there are no real ekspressways.

Yes we have this sign.
It looks actually like this:
Just as I know it is being used just in A1 Vilnius-Kaunas expressway and just in one part of it and this sign means you can do 110 km/h.
And I have no idea why Vilnius-Kaunas isn't motorway. I think it's because shoulders are not wide enough in some parts, but they also could then upgrade this road to expressway standart with a speed limit 110 km/h, because now it's allowed just 100 km/h and in Vilnius-Kaunas I think there aren't any U-Turn
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Old February 16th, 2009, 08:51 PM   #31
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well, making there shoulders and constructing U-Turns isn't such a problem in LT! especially when regarding on the roads, which are brought in very good condition even very far from Kaunas and Vilnius, I don't understand why it's such a problem to make shoulders and U-Turns on the country's main highway, regarding the fact that LT government spends quite lot of money on roads?!
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Old February 16th, 2009, 09:13 PM   #32
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I'm still hoping for a full motorway from Warszawa to Tallinn though.
It would always be nice to see a motorway here or there every now and then. The thing is there's hardly any car traffic on this route, it's truckers who own this road. What's critical is upgrading this route to a main highway with hard shoulders and building crucial bypasses to relieve all those villages the road runs through.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 05:31 PM   #33
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Nice picture looking towards new southern bypass of Vilnius
Photo (c) Vytautas_LT from ************/forumas


And 2 old photos how bypass looked just before opening:
Photo (c) SPX from ************/forumas


And new viaduct:
Photo (c) Kema from ************/forumas
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 10:12 PM   #34
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Cool pictures!

Is this a motorway or expressway status road? What's the length and approx. cost?
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:21 PM   #35
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Cool pictures!

Is this a motorway or expressway status road? What's the length and approx. cost?
Actually it's not a motorway, not even an expressway. It's just dual carriageway or street with raised speed limits, because it's in the city boundaries, not outside. Speed limit is 80 km/h. The cost for this 2.9 km long street was 78 millions EUR. It's quite much, because they needed to build ~300 meters long viaduct (last photo in my previuos post) and 3 other viaducts, pedestrian viaduct and reconstruct adjacent streets. But actually they could construct this street as an expressway or road with speed limit 100 km/h or so, because in some places this street has 3 lanes and where are 2 lanes, shoulders are wide enough and also this street doesn't has any U-turn, 1 level crossings or zebra crossings. They just needed to build some fences near road to protect road from pedestrian crossings and set higher speed limit.

The are more examples of this street. Picures before opening.




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Old March 4th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #36
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Could someone please show this new "street" on a map?
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Old March 4th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #37
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Here you go:
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Old March 4th, 2009, 11:53 AM   #38
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It's the A3 right? It seems like an important bypass on the southern side of the city.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #39
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I like this new section of the baypass of Vilnius

BTW I finally translated the comments in the posts on first side in this thread. So if you feel like reading it ...
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wow! very nice pics of this pretty highway!! so is there a ring road already around Vilnius?
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