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Old October 27th, 2014, 12:25 AM   #1261
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Have there ever been plans to construct an underwater tunnel from Klaipėda to the Curonian Spit? Right now that area is only accessible via a short ferry, or via Russia.
Last summer quite many articles were about a possibility of building a bridge there. However since curonian spit is a Unesco protected area, higher traffic volumes are not demanded. Actually a ferry gives some nice experience while travelling there.
There is only 1 down point of a ferry - during summer there is usually a huge line of vehicles waiting for it on sundays' evenings.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 12:26 AM   #1262
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As for tourists - the ferry is quite a nice experience
Agree on this one. And isn't Curonian Spit under some sort of protection? I think tunnel would definitely bring more traffic and attention for new developments that would ruin the surrounding environment.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:21 PM   #1263
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Agree on this one. And isn't Curonian Spit under some sort of protection? I think tunnel would definitely bring more traffic and attention for new developments that would ruin the surrounding environment.
Some environmentalists claim that Curonian Spit should be car-free and towns only accessible by ferry. Road could be used by buses and special transport.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 03:00 PM   #1264
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Isn't there already some kind of environmental tax for cars?
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Old October 27th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #1265
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Isn't there already some kind of environmental tax for cars?
Yes, but I'm talking about an idea about that Curonian Spit could be without private car at all (only locals could have a permit to enter Curonian Spit with their own car)
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Old November 7th, 2014, 06:24 PM   #1266
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Few important tenders were announced this week.

Today, a technical specification project for a 3rd stage of western bypass of Vilnius was published. As the 2nd stage it will be 3+3 lanes road, a mayor of Vilnius says works shall be finished in December 2016. Whole segment will be 5,4 km long.
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Also 2 tenders for works in A1 Vilnius - Kaunas expressway were announced. Those are for building two 2 level crossings and is a part of programme of upgrading this road from an expressway to a motorway standard road. Both works shall be finished within 26 months.
1) Near Žiežmariai town, there is the last 1 level U-turn remaining in a whole road. This will be reconstructed to 2 level crossing, also a pedestrian bridge will be built. Reconstruction scheme is below. After reconstruction is finished whole road will not have any 1 level crossings left.


2) A new 2 level crossing is going to be built near Moluvėnai town. Scheme is below
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Old November 7th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #1267
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Few important tenders were announced this week.
I believe it will be an enormous relief for people living in Pašilaičiai, Justiniškės and Viršuliškės. Especially for those living near Laisvės prospektas.

Any tenders anounced for A5/E67 Via Baltica Kaunas-Marijampolė or Marijampolė-Kalvarija (LT/PL) ?
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Old November 7th, 2014, 11:17 PM   #1268
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I believe it will be an enormous relief for people living in Pašilaičiai, Justiniškės and Viršuliškės. Especially for those living near Laisvės prospektas.

Any tenders anounced for A5/E67 Via Baltica Kaunas-Marijampolė or Marijampolė-Kalvarija (LT/PL) ?
Only saw tenders for Garliava-Mauručiai reconstruction (Carriageway to Marijampole) and bridge widening (near Mauručiai) over Rail Baltica railway.

As I know, motorway stretch between Mauručiai and Kvietiškis will be finnished in stages by 2017.

As for Marijampolė-Kalvarija (LT/PL), stretch is only in planning stage. It will be finished by 2024.
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Old November 7th, 2014, 11:19 PM   #1269
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I believe it will be an enormous relief for people living in Pašilaičiai, Justiniškės and Viršuliškės. Especially for those living near Laisvės prospektas.

Any tenders anounced for A5/E67 Via Baltica Kaunas-Marijampolė or Marijampolė-Kalvarija (LT/PL) ?
Could you please delete picture links when you do the quote? When it doubles, thread becomes overcrowded.

And I see PovilD answered the questin about Via Baltic
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Old November 8th, 2014, 11:08 AM   #1270
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Could you please delete picture links when you do the quote? When it doubles, thread becomes overcrowded.

And I see PovilD answered the questin about Via Baltic
OOops! Aš pamiršau! I'll edit my post right now & delete them.

EDIT: looks like someone already did it on my behalf ...
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Old November 12th, 2014, 08:54 PM   #1271
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Guys (Lietuviai), I've got one question not exactly related to roads, but to driving: why do you all here use your front fog lights when there is NO fog?
One of my friends told me there's a law here that allows you to do it, but I'm not sure she's right.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #1272
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Guys (Lietuviai), I've got one question not exactly related to roads, but to driving: why do you all here use your front fog lights when there is NO fog?
One of my friends told me there's a law here that allows you to do it, but I'm not sure she's right.
Most of them doing it on purpose - to look cooler Some people use front fog lights instead of day lights.
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Old November 13th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #1273
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But is it allowed by law?
Because I've noticed that Ukrainians, Belarusians and Russians love doing that; but in most countries (France, Germany, Poland, etc.) you can get a fine for that.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #1274
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I'm not one hundred percent sure, but I think it's illegal in Lithuania as well. But do those drivers care? Nah.

(again, I'm not one hundred percent sure)
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The fog light madness happened in Estonia around 5 years ago. Now the new fad is fitting DRL-s to older cars, although that is legal.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #1276
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"Green" cars
Finally some movements in "green" energy started. Few days ago the first electric cars quick charging station was opened in A1 expressway between Vilnius and Kaunas. As Lithuanian roads administration states, 12 more quick charging stations is likely to be openend till 2020. Also 7 stations should be opened in Via Baltica road by 2020.

New overpass
Today, a new overpass was opened in Vilnius, over busiest street - Geležinio vilko str. Together with new overpass, approx 1 km of street was reconstructed and repaved. An overpass will improve connection with a cluster of offices, called "Business triangle" and few more areas of central Vilnius.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #1278
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I see that Geležinio Vilko street is becoming more like inner-city expressway. Practically all junctions are grade separated, must be a cool drive now.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #1279
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I see that Geležinio Vilko street is becoming more like inner-city expressway. Practically all junctions are grade separated, must be a cool drive now.
It's true to an extent. It doesn't have non grade separated junctions in the central part of Vilnius although does have quite a few in the outskirts. The original plan (which was drawn probably in the 60's or so) was no non grade separated junctions at all. Of course it was never fully implemented as was common in the Soviet era. However the most upsetting thing is that the biggest damage was done after 1990. Especially in the Northern section where it's named Ukmergės Street (going towards Riga) where numerous traffic lights were built instead of building overpasses and service roads to nearby shopping centers. In short, the entire Northern part of the street was completely messed up due to lack of professionalism and short shortsightedness of the authorities. Vilnius could have been one of very few European cities with a true urban expressway crossing the city right through the middle but now it doesn't seem likely.

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Old November 25th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #1280
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It's true to an extent. It doesn't have non grade separated junctions in the central part of Vilnius although does have quite a few in the outskirts. The original plan (which was drawn probably in the 60's or so) was no non grade separated junctions at all. Of course it was never fully implemented as was common in the Soviet era. However the most upsetting thing is that the biggest damage was done after 1990. Especially in the Northern section where it's named Ukmergės Street (going towards Riga) where numerous traffic lights were built instead of building overpasses and service roads to nearby shopping centers. In short, the entire Northern part of the street was completely messed up due to lack of professionalism and short shortsightedness of the authorities. Vilnius could have been one of very few European cities with a true urban expressway crossing the city right through the middle but now it doesn't seem likely.
Geležinio Vilko g. has some parts in very poor condition. If you have a car with hard / low suspension, it is a pain-on-the-neck to drive.
However, I'm happy they finally opened this bypass (on Sunday I was still looking if they would open it). It's going to be much easier to get to the Southern part of Žvėrynas and of the city center. I believe the peak hours' congestion on Jokūbo Jasinskio g. and on Gynėjų g. will drop significantly.
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