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Old December 28th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #381
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Interesting, haven't seen such structures in Baltics before. Is that intended for port facilities?
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Old December 28th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #382
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Yes, it is. I think it's because quite a lot of truck drive from port to Belarus, so that's why this control point was built.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:34 PM   #383
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Some rather good news about Lithuanian roads. Not about the roads themselves but abouit safety.

Road fatalities down one-fourth
http://balticreports.com/?p=7566

26% drop in fatalities in a year is quite impressive. In 2009 death toll was lowest since 1965 when there were under 20 000 cars nation-wide (there are about 2 million today).
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Old January 6th, 2010, 05:29 PM   #384
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Wow!
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Old January 7th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #385
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Indeed! That's a really significant decrease! Seems LT road safety campaigns have great success!
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Old January 14th, 2010, 06:59 AM   #386
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Some very good news from Lithuania. Financing of €58 million for 2010 has been approved for the Southern part of the new ring-road of Vilnius which will be part of E85

The new road will look something like this on the map (purple). As seen in the map there is also the 106 road which looks like it could be used as a bypass (and it is used by some) too, but it is completely inadequate and unsuited for this purpose

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This is how it will look combined with the completed (currently u/c) inner south-western city bypass road (in orange) which will be a 2+2 and 3+3 with only multilevel junctions so practically an urban motorway
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So what does that change?

First of all Vilnius didn't have any bypass or ring roads which meant that any transit traffic including heavy trucks had to go through the city center on regular streets. These new roads completely changes the situation as all transit traffic from the directions of Minsk, Klaipeda (Baltic Sea) and Riga will now use these roads to bypass the city center and will not have to stop even once as there won't be any traffic lights of level junctions. This means less cars on regular streets, less congestion, less noise and pollution.

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Old January 14th, 2010, 01:55 PM   #387
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Really good news indeed! I hope this would definately help to solve the transit flow through Vilnius and since now many will use capital instead of Kaunas to go through Lithuania!
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Old January 27th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #388
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Update on A9 road project of widening 6.5 km stretch from current 1x2 road to 2x2 with median.
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Underground animal crossing will be here. I think.




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Old February 2nd, 2010, 06:51 PM   #389
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The project for E67 from Marijampole to Kaunas has been downgraded from a "priority project" to a "reserve project". This basically means that we'll have to wait at least another few years for the construction to start. It was meant to start in 2013.

This is very, very bad news. But a lot of people are angry so maybe they'll reconsider it.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 06:59 PM   #390
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That's a disappointment, I was kind of hoping for an S61 - A5 motorway/expressway in 2015.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 08:21 PM   #391
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I was hoping for the same thing as I drive a lot in those areas. Seems like it isn't going to happen. Damn crisis!
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Old February 5th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #392
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^ No wonder that's happening, you shouldn't worry that much about it. At least you have another few important sections that are currently u/c or are approved!
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Old February 8th, 2010, 06:48 AM   #393
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Just for fun

Don't know if this video has been posted before.

Nissan 200sx (modified) does 275km/h on A1 Vilnius-Kaunas



No matter how ridiculous that may sound but the legal speed limit in this road is often 90km/h with some stratches of 100km/h. The road currently doesn't have a motorway status which was revoked in the 90's because of non-compliance to contemporary motorway standards (i.e. no hard shoulder, a couple of level crossings, bus stops and a few other obstacles) with a hope that it will comply to the standards in the future after all necessary reconstructions and upgrades will be done. Currently most of the work seems to be done so we should expect speed increase some time soon (not to 275km/h though ).

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Old February 8th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #394
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Don't know if this video has been posted before.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...773712&page=15 scroll down.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 06:53 PM   #395
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From this video you can spot how smooth road surface is
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Old February 13th, 2010, 02:08 AM   #396
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Some good news that should improve navigation and, above all, safety on Lithuanian roads.

A real-time information system is to be set up on the roads of national significance which will inform drivers about driving conditions (road works, average speed, diversions, etc.) via electronic displays on the road, dedicated website, text messages and e-mail.


Original article translated with Google translate: http://translate.google.com/translat...&sl=auto&tl=en

Vilnius already has such a system (website with real-time traffic information acan be found at www.sviesoforai.lt) but a nation-wide system would be a novelty and a very good thing, methinks.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #397
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Traffic volumes on Lithuanian roads (updated 23-07-2009)




(x1000 per day)

Traffic volumes on main roads Traffic volumes on national roads


Number of private cars per 1000 inhabitants in 2008: 509

Total vehicles per 1000 inhabitants in 2008: 629

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Old February 15th, 2010, 09:26 AM   #398
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Number of private cars per 1000 inhabitants in 2008: 509
Just a number or the cars in technical order?
Am asking because only recently our traffic internsity specialists realised that only those cars which move around, count. Thus our (Latvian) car ownership figure per 1000 fell from smth. like 520 to 320.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 12:38 AM   #399
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Just a number or the cars in technical order?
Am asking because only recently our traffic internsity specialists realised that only those cars which move around, count. Thus our (Latvian) car ownership figure per 1000 fell from smth. like 520 to 320.
I think it's the number private cars that have been registered in Lithuania. It's impossible to tell precisely how many of them are in technical order or move around.
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It is fairly simple to find this number - count only those cars which have passed yearly technical check and paid road tax.
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