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Old July 8th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #641
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Old July 8th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #642
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Old July 8th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #644
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The end.

On our way back sun was shinnig so brigtly I couldn't make any pics.

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Old July 8th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #645
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Nice pics, PLH! Don't worry about the "quality" of some shots because anyway it all makes some good impression of Lithuania, thanks for that!
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Old July 8th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #646
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Thanks for pics.
Electronic sign says: Watch-out. Traffic limitations in oldtown.
Were you driving directly to bus station or where? The route, driver chosed is a bit shorter if you go to bus station, but if you go to city center this route is useless.

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Old July 8th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #647
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Yeah, we went to the bus station to pick up our guide.

For those who don't know - traffic limitations were because of Algirdas Brazauskas' (former Lithuanian president) funeral that day.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 07:01 AM   #648
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Please tell me this route is not one of the major ones leading to the city center:


Far from it.

For many years though, until the southern highway was built, this small road was often used as one of the transit routes connecting A1 and A3. Pretty much useless nowadays though, hence it's current state.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 07:04 AM   #649
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All taxis are black, some of them ever matt. It was trendy and jazzy two years ago, but now it is passé, don't they know it ?

It is required for all taxis to be painted in black and yellow in Vilnius.

The prices though are lovely to say the least. A few years back, one would pay double that for a stinking Audi 100.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #650
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Far from it.

For many years though, until the southern highway was built, this small road was often used as one of the transit routes connecting A1 and A3. Pretty much useless nowadays though, hence it's current state.
Useless? Take a look at road signs. It seem that it's still a main road to Airport, Bus station, A3.


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Old July 10th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #651
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Crazy road administration. They have forget to change signs after Vilnius southern bypass was constructed. Sad that they are so neglect.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #652
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How about the dashed frame around road numbers? Don't they show how to reach given road?
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Old July 10th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #653
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Usually such dashed frames are there to indicate an indirect number (you're on a road leading towards that number).
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Old July 14th, 2010, 04:10 AM   #654
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I found this hi-res photo on Panoramio showing A1 about 20km to the North-West from Kaunas (on the way to Klaipeda). The photo is from 2007

The stretch seen in the photo is about 11km long. It is not as straight as this all the time but still pretty straight most of the time which makes driving somewhat less stressful (especially considering the typically low numbers of traffic)

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnas/4791439719/sizes/l/ (C) Tadunia

And here is a full-res photo (3648 x 2048)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/...ebc64e0e_o.jpg (C) Tadunia
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^ Very nice-looking road. Reminds something from North America 'coz they also have those medians between the lanes. But actually it's good solution to save money on installing crashbarriers.
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^ Very nice-looking road. Reminds something from North America 'coz they also have those medians between the lanes. But actually it's good solution to save money on installing crashbarriers.
I think the other (perhaps main?) reason for wide medians is the possibility to widen the road in the future with less hassle. A1 between Kaunas and Klaipeda as well as A2 (Vilnius-Panevezys) has a wide median. However A1 between Vilnius and Kaunas hasn't.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #657
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New safety installments on A5 road. It will definitely reduce accidents on this road.

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Just wonder, how can a small safety island help to reduce accidents? Like it will remind British drivers not to go on the reverse direction lane..?
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It can accentuate the intersection better, especially at night, compared to an asphalt square, and during winter when reflective road markings are not always visible. It also makes passing on this intersection by irresponsible drivers impossible. These are cheap solutions. The long-term solution on a road like A5 would be to construct a motorway.
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I think that it's mostly meant to prevent passings on the intersections. Passing on places like this are quite common in all the Baltic states including Estonia.
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