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Old July 6th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #981
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Worse than Tallinn?
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Old July 7th, 2012, 11:32 AM   #982
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Worse than Tallinn?
Last time I was in Tallinn was 2003. Back then Tallinn seemed much better than Vilnius. Not sure what's the situation now but I would guess the situation in Tallinn is probably much better still.
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Old July 11th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #983
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The new video of E77 road from Lithuania to Latvia:

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Old July 14th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #984
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Passed trough that nightmare last year. Horrible piece of road regardless the fact it connects Riga and Siauliai. But this was on Latvian side. Lithuanian side was rather like paradise compared to Latvian side Haven´t seen any road in such horrible condition in any European country (Estonia included) that I have visited so far . BTW road connecting Riga and Valka is kinda same case. I dont know where latvians put their money for roadworks.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #985
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I dont know where latvians put their money for roadworks.
In pocket. Seriously, this segment from Meitene to Jelgava won't have any improvements at least till 2014.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #986
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Sad to hear Ripley. I am not looking down on Latvians but this is really sad, coz they do work and pay taxes and buy fuel which is charged with taxes to roadworks for sure.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #987
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Fuel and road taxes is not used for road works.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 04:45 AM   #988
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Fuel and road taxes is not used for road works.
Where do fuel and road taxes go? Are they collected in one big government pot for distribution?
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Old July 20th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #989
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Where do fuel and road taxes go? Are they collected in one big government pot for distribution?
Yeah, and almost all construction works are financed by EU and only emergency works are financed by goverment.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 04:57 PM   #990
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Some updates from Lithuanian roads.

1) A9 expressway construction - Kairiai town bypass
Pictures made by "Xedos" from ************
Already constructed dual carriageway just after Aleksandrija town, a suburb of Šiauliai
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29501[/IMG]

Towards Kairiai town. Bypass turning to the right
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29500[/IMG]

On the left old road is visible
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29504[/IMG]

Cloverleaf style junction
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29513[/IMG]

After a viaduct, direction Radviliškis town
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29517[/IMG]

Here was a problem for road builders - they had to remove many meters of soft earth, which wasn't planned, so here no pavement yet
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29518[/IMG]

Underground pass
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29524[/IMG]

After this stretch a road seems to be nearly finished. Just adjacent road needs more work.
A curve not so sharp - it's a big zoom effect
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29527[/IMG]

A view backwards, direction Šiauliai and cloverleaf style junction
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/picture.php?albumid=902&pictureid=29528[/IMG]

2) 3 level interchange near Klaipėda. Interchange of roads A1, A13 and local road nr. 141
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A left viaduct, which was visible in previous photos was opened to traffic last week. It connects A1 road and traffic comming from Kaunas direction with A13 traffic going towards Palanga or other access roads to Klaipėda. A picture by website ve.lt:
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Old August 11th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #991
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Nice photos. When will the master flyover open?
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Old August 11th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #992
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Nice photos. When will the master flyover open?
According to the contract it is supposed to be finished on 30th November 2012. Road builders say, that they have already finished 90 percent of planned works.
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Old August 12th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #993
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Are there any (possibly distant) plans to upgrade to a 2x2 dual carriageway the A4/A16 from where they join together at 54° 37' 20" N 25° 06' 14" E to where they join the A1 5.4 kilometers later? Does anyone know the AADT for this (joint A4/A16) section of road?
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Old August 12th, 2012, 11:05 PM   #994
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Apparently it's not more detailed than this:
http://www.lra.lt/lt.php/lietuvos_ke...tensyvumas/542
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Old August 12th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #995
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AADT there should be around ~20000. As an example I use this map, however it is year 2007 data: http://www.pauliusd.com/miestai/Intensyvumas.jpg
I have searched for plans for this stretch, but however it seems no plans for this stretch. Currently southern bypass of Vilnius is in progress, where Kirtimų street (a street between A1 and A4/A16) is going to be upgraded to 2x2 road.

Photos by Romas from ************. First stage seems to be finished now. A sign looks funny, but is is because there are still no way further, only right turn possible, so road bulders didn't add any directions, exept going right "Lentvaris"


Further in a photo you can spot some earthworks visible - it is the second stage of bulding 2x2 in Kirtimų street.

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Old August 29th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #996
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Lithuania grants status of special importance to Via Baltica project

Lithuania has granted the status of special national importance to the Via Baltica highway project which, according to Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and Transport Minister Eligijus Masiulis, would help accelerate land purchase procedures and upgrade of one of the country’s key roads.

The Law on Taking Land for Public Needs in Implementing Projects of Special National Importance became applicable to the highway project after the government approved the status proposal at a Tuesday meeting.

According to Kubilius, the award of such a status to Via Baltica will ensure the continuation of its implementation. In particular, it would alleviate many preparatory procedures and works, including the purchase of land, planning, and allocation of European funds.

“This decision is important for us to be able to continue with the implementation of this important strategic project... It is important and we are happy to see the progress in neighboring Poland, that the transport links between the Baltic countries and Europe are being improved and upgraded consistently. This important task will continue to require our close attention and effort,” he told the public radio LRT on Tuesday.

Masiulis told LRT Radio that a 40-kilometer section between Kaunas and Marijampolė, a town close to the Lithuanian-Polish border, needed to be modernized in the near term.

„One of the next stages is to construct additional lanes on the segment between Kaunas and Marijampolė. This section is the most intensive at the moment," Masiulis said adding that the project could be financed on a private-public partnership basis.

The authorities plan to upgrade the busiest segment of the Kaunas-Marijampolė-Suwalki road by 2020. It would be the first section in the entire corridor to be upgraded to a motorway. The project is estimated to cost around 494 million litas (EUR 143.2m).

The Via Baltica transport corridor coincides with the Warsaw-Tallinn section of European Route E67, which runs from Prague to Tallinn via Warsaw, Marijampolė, Kaunas and Riga and further up to Helsinki by ferry.

Other partners in the Via Baltica project are Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. The project has been included into the TEN-T road network.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #997
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Hope this will help seeing motorway construction works sooner in Kaunas - Marijampolė stretch.

Also today Lithuanian road administration said, that in A1 expressway between Vilnius and Kaunas in Vievis town (2 km long stretch), which is being crossed by an expressway, speed limit from 1st September for vehicles will be raised from existing 80 km/h to 100 km/h. Glad to see, that all investments to safety in a town (fences, noise walls, pedestrian bridge etc.) now occurs in raised speed limit in an important road.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #998
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I wonder how long we'll have to wait to see 2x2 (or better) all the way from Warsaw to Tallinn. I don't necessarily mean motorway or expressway standard, just signal-free dual carriageways with at least two lanes in each direction. I'll be pleasantly surprised if it will be done by 2030. Anyway, it's nice to see Lithuania accelerating preparations for the Marijampole - Kaunas section.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #999
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Traffic volumes are rather low on the Riga - Pärnu section. I don't think we'll see 2x2 there anytime soon.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #1000
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Riga-Pärnu 2x2? Forget it. Maybe something will happen on Estonian side.
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