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Old May 26th, 2010, 02:19 PM   #561
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That is exactly why Lithuania (and Poland) rank among the bottom of Europe in traffic safety... Such passing is a recipe for deadly head-on collisions. If they want the roads that wide anyway, they better make it 2+1 or 2x2 lanes.
I wanted to left this photo for the end I wasn't scared of this view as well as my driver. I haven't seen a lot accidents on this road as I drive on it often. The accidents I saw was on the road with no hardsholder, when the car wants to overtake another one and two wheels hits the sand….

On the way back to Kaunas....

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Old May 26th, 2010, 02:23 PM   #562
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[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7376[/IMG]

Leaving A5 to A7 towards Vilkaviškis

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Little hardsholders, with big hard end….

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Old May 26th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #563
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Pansori and Fredi, well done


Here are more photos of the Vilnius Western bypass:


(C) Arunas*, ************/forumas

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Old May 26th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #564
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[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7383[/IMG]

Basically only Russian trucks on A7...

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I made a pit stop on the left side and that's when my camera ran out of juice

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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:16 PM   #565
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On the way back to Kaunas

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7389[/IMG]

The view on road towards Kybartai LT/RUS border. I am planning to visit Kaliningrad as it is not so far, but the main thing is that the queue is very big in Kybartai custom and you never know how much time you can spend there it depends, well you never know from what it depends ) As well we need to get visa now to Russia....

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I still remember, when all traffic was flowing through the city center of Vilkaviškis. It was a bit too much cars in such a little town and of course you lost time there. I can't remember any works on this road after it was built as I see other new road are repairing every two or three years….

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Here is where I test my car )) you can go as fast as you whant, cos you are able to see everything clearlly and in long distance...

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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #566
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[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7395[/IMG]

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The view to A5 towards Kalvarija

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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:30 PM   #567
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[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=426&pictureid=7400[/IMG]

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You can turn to the right and try the old road to Kaunas

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Later I will put photos from Vilkaviškis to Vištytis. It's very nice road with zero cars on it and it's very beatifull... Ze end
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Old May 26th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #568
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Old May 26th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #569
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That is exactly why Lithuania (and Poland) rank among the bottom of Europe in traffic safety... Such passing is a recipe for deadly head-on collisions. If they want the roads that wide anyway, they better make it 2+1 or 2x2 lanes.
I don't think such roads are that common in Lithuania. About the only road of this type (i.e. 1+1 with hard-shoulders) I know in Lithuania is this one i.e. A5 between Kaunas and Marijampole. All other A roads have no such hard shoulder (which is well seen in my photo reports which covered large part o all A roads), hence the overtaking takes place in a "normal" manner. Most accidents also take place due to speeding, drunk-driving and dangerous intersections and not due to overtaking. Hence the actions they are taking: building roundabouts instead of regular level junctions and planting speed-cameras as well as harshening punishments for drunk-drivers. Another thing is that roads in Lithuania are typically not busy enough to cause danger to those who overtake (with a few exceptions) whilst in Poland it's a problem o a different scale.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #570
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Great effort, Fredis, thanks very much
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Old May 27th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #571
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Wow, what a nice report, thanks! It seems completely all main roads have very smooth pavement in Lithuania. Well, your goverment understand the profit of transit!
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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #572
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Yes, just don't go to cities!
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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #573
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Actually not all the roads have smooth surface. Perhaps there are no cracks or potholes but the surface is quite often "wavy" if you know what I mean. It doesn't cause much trouble but gets annoying if driving for long distances. This is changing for good, however.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 11:37 AM   #574
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so guys, I might be in Kaunas (thanks to RyanAir) in second half of July 2010.
What I thought is to hitchhike a bit around the country, or if time doesn't allow me, then to move straight to Vilnus. What I'm interested for are hitch hiking laws in Lithuania?
Are there any restrictions for hitchhiking in there? Is hitchhiking even known by Lithuanian laws, or that's under 'walking on a motorway' category?
Yet, sorry for newbieish questions, but what kind of road links Kaunas and Vilnus? Is it a full motorway, or freeway without fences, or what?
If anyone can post me some link with summed up info about current Lithuanian road network, that would be wonderful.

I'm basically asking cos in most of the countries it is very illegal to walk on a full motorway, doesn't matter if you're hitchhiking or not. I got fine of some stupid 35 Euros for being caught hitchhiking (standing on a motorway, basically) here in Serbia. But that's a full profiled motorway (2 tracks to one, 2 to another direction, plus one hard schoulder per direction, plus all those fences around the motorway).

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Old May 31st, 2010, 06:40 PM   #575
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so guys, I might be in Kaunas (thanks to RyanAir) in second half of July 2010.
What I thought is to hitchhike a bit around the country, or if time doesn't allow me, then to move straight to Vilnus. What I'm interested for are hitch hiking laws in Lithuania?
Are there any restrictions for hitchhiking in there? Is hitchhiking even known by Lithuanian laws, or that's under 'walking on a motorway' category?
Yet, sorry for newbieish questions, but what kind of road links Kaunas and Vilnus? Is it a full motorway, or freeway without fences, or what?
If anyone can post me some link with summed up info about current Lithuanian road network, that would be wonderful.

I'm basically asking cos in most of the countries it is very illegal to walk on a full motorway, doesn't matter if you're hitchhiking or not. I got fine of some stupid 35 Euros for being caught hitchhiking (standing on a motorway, basically) here in Serbia. But that's a full profiled motorway (2 tracks to one, 2 to another direction, plus one hard schoulder per direction, plus all those fences around the motorway).

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Vilnius-Kaunas route is not technically a motorway but looks like one (they are planning to eventually award this status some day). All the way it's something like this:
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Since it doesn't have a motorway sign I assume it's not illegal to hitch-hike. There should be some locations where it's done near Kaunas and Vilnius but I'm not quite sure where they are. Gas stations or bus stops perhaps would be a good idea.


On A1 Kaunas-Klaipėda and A2 Vilnius-Panevėžys (i.e. two motorways that exist in LT) it is certainly not a good idea to do that just anywhere because you either will struggle to stop someone or may get atention from the cops. Again, it should be no problem to do it at gas stations, restaurant or other locations where cars can stop. Of course, it sould be not a problem at all to do that somewhere near the start or end of the road (i.e. near the main cities).

On other roads it should be all fine. I think Lithuania is fairly safe and good place for hitch-hikers. All you need to do is find a good spot with good visibility and possibility to stop the car. It also depends on how much of a hitch-hiker you are. If you have experience and know what you're doing it will be fine.

However if you just want to get from Kaunas to Vilnius, just take a train. It's about the only train route in Lithuania which offers a very decent rail service with some modern and comfortable trains. Ticket costs under 5 Euros (remember, it's a 100km distance) and takes 1 hour (some take longer depending on whether it stops at intermediate stops or not). Timetable can be found here: http://www.litrail.lt/wps/portal/!ut...KU05CTzFCVTY!/
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so guys, I might be in Kaunas (thanks to RyanAir) in second half of July 2010.
Nice to know that Kaunas is becoming a tourist destination - that RyanAir base in Kaunas is doing a great job Yeah, better take a train, that would allow you to safe some time and nerves, of course
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Vectom: The only problem is that there isn't a direct road connection between Karmėlava and Vilnius and there aren't any good hitch-hiking spots in Kaunas as it is a city. So your only option is to hitch-hike from Karmėlava hoping that people are going to Vilnius (Karmėlava is near A6, i.e. road that goes to Kaunas, but a lot of the traffic does go to Vilnius). Maybe you should consider taking an A4 leave with "Vilnius" written on it?

Though to be honest, If I was you I'd just take a bus from Karmėlava straight to Vilnius.

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Nice to know that Kaunas is becoming a tourist destination
Too bad it looks terrible and most buildings, streets, signs, etc. need serious restoration.
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Kaunas-Vilnius s in a time-lapse video. I think it's a little too fast but still gives a good idea of the road. Seems quite new as well

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^ Oh, nice one! It looks even more impressive in high speed! Really high-standard road!
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I may have some more good news

I received another email from the Lithuanian Road Agency (LRA) which was answering some of my questions about any future plans for motorway/expressway status roads in Lithuania.

They mentioned that none of the currently existing 2+2 roads are planned to be upgraded to motorway (except of A1 Vilnius-Kaunas), but "some stretches in the newly reconstructed part of A9 Šiauliai-Panevėžys will get legal speed limit of 130km/h". This is word-to-word what they wrote. So this means at least a few km more roads with a motorway sign. Let's hope this is really going to happen.

This is the stretch which is being reconstructed at present: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...7,5.817261&z=8
Note the road will not follow the current route and will be more or less completely straight.

Of course, other parts of the road should follow later so we should keep an eye on A9 because there is a good chance that in the future we'll be able to drive all the way from Vilnius to Šiauliai at 130km/h.
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