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Old March 5th, 2016, 10:19 PM   #1441
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Its cool to see the investment in highways and also railways in Lithuania though. Everything is fairly modern looking even if not built to a huge scale. I think at the end of the day the fact the country only has 3 million people is an important thing to consider. It's hard to imagine any city of 3 million people having a similar infrastructure burden as an entire country, even a small one.
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Old March 6th, 2016, 07:46 PM   #1442
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According to statistics, there were less fatalities on Lithuanian roads during 2015. Seems, that safety on roads is improving.
Some statistics (number in brackets indicates percentage deviation from 2014 numbers):
Number of accidents: 3161 (-2,9%)
Number of fatalities: 241 (-9,7%)
number of wounded: 3777 (-0,2%)
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Old March 7th, 2016, 09:33 PM   #1443
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Are there any new pictures of the A5 upgrade? At Easter time I'll be passing there by bus during the night, so won't see any construction. But I'm guessing the winter break is still active though.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #1444
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Are there any new pictures of the A5 upgrade? At Easter time I'll be passing there by bus during the night, so won't see any construction. But I'm guessing the winter break is still active though.
Not much of updates available. Some people passing the stretch, which is under construction, reports no activity like a winter break. Strange to hear, because temperatures are above 0 and works in Vilnius western bypass are already 2 weeks in progress.
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Old March 9th, 2016, 07:42 PM   #1445
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Okay, well. As I heard for now works are on Garliava-Mauručiai segment, the rest to Marijampolė should start this year? Is that correct info?
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Old March 12th, 2016, 12:17 AM   #1446
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Looks like Vilnius is prepared to start the reconstruction of the existing 1+1 stretch of Nemenčinės pl. to 2+2
Lighting and five new traffic lights will be included in the stretch

The main project is to connect Vilnius with Nemenčinė by 2+2 road. The road belongs to two different institutions - LAKD (Lithuanian road administration) and Vilnius city municipality. LAKD has already started reconstruction from Miškonys (municipal boundary of Vilnius) to Nemenčinė.

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Old March 12th, 2016, 01:51 AM   #1447
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Okay, well. As I heard for now works are on Garliava-Mauručiai segment, the rest to Marijampolė should start this year? Is that correct info?
Wait, wait, the A5 is being upgraded to Marijampole?

I wonder if we won't see a concentrated push from the EU to get more of the Via Baltica upgraded after this - I'd love to see 2x2 to Panevezys from Kaunas at least.
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Old March 12th, 2016, 02:45 AM   #1448
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Lighting and five new traffic lights will be included in the stretch
Oh no! That will make the Vilnius Nemenčinė drive even slower than it is now. They should have chosen roundabouts rather than traffic lights.

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Wait, wait, the A5 is being upgraded to Marijampole?
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I wonder if we won't see a concentrated push from the EU to get more of the Via Baltica upgraded after this - I'd love to see 2x2 to Panevezys from Kaunas at least.
Upgrading the A5 from Kaunas to Panevezys and from Marijampole to the PL border are possibilities for the 2020-27 EU funding cycle. I cannot think of other road project that LT could ask the EU to fund that would be as well-received in Brussels.
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Old March 12th, 2016, 06:05 PM   #1449
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Oh no! That will make the Vilnius Nemenčinė drive even slower than it is now. They should have chosen roundabouts rather than traffic lights.
Well, it's technically a city street

I think those traffic lights are for pedestrian safety also, while Turbo roundabouts with pedestrian over/underpasses is more expensive solution. Btw, traffic lights will serve "streets" with minor traffic, and if some sort of green corridor will be implied, the general driving speed should not drop or could be even increased

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Upgrading the A5 from Kaunas to Panevezys and from Marijampole to the PL border are possibilities for the 2020-27 EU funding cycle. I cannot think of other road project that LT could ask the EU to fund that would be as well-received in Brussels.
I think Panevė˛ys-Pasvalis should have a higher priority when Kaunas-Suwalki motorway will be finished, because AADT in this stretch is almost as high as in Kaunas-Marijampolė stretch. Kaunas-Panevė˛ys is already planned for making some sections 1+2.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 06:22 PM   #1450
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Road trip to eastern Latvia (Latgale)

I'll go from Germany to Rezekne in eastern Latvia (Latgale region) this summer.
There are two options for me instead of driving via Poland:
1. Using ferry from Kiel to Klaipeda and then A1 to Kaunas, then A6 (LT)/A13 (LV) via Daugavpils to Rezekne.
2. Using ferry from Travemünde to Ventspils and then A10 to Riga, then A6 and A12 to Rezekne.
The route via Lithuania is ca. 100 km longer. But am I right that it is faster to drive than the Latvian route via Ventspils and Riga?
I remember that road conditions in Lithuania were much better than in Latvia in 2003. Is it still the same today?

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Old March 15th, 2016, 08:59 PM   #1451
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I'll go from Germany to Rezekne in eastern Latvia (Latgale region) this summer.
There are two options for me instead of driving via Poland:
1. Using ferry from Kiel to Klaipeda and then A1 to Kaunas, then A6 (LT)/A13 (LV) via Daugavpils to Rezekne.
2. Using ferry from Kiel to Ventspils and then A10 to Riga, then A6 and A12 to Rezekne.
The route via Lithuania is ca. 100 km longer. But am I right that it is faster to drive than the Latvian route via Ventspils and Riga?
I remember that road conditions in Lithuania were much better than in Latvia in 2003. Is it still the same today?
Well road conditions in Latvia are much better than in 2003. Talking about the route in Latvia: some short sections may have bad conditions, some are in repaving process, but it's generally a good road I think Ventspils-Rezekne is much faster than Klaipėda-Rezekne road, although it include faster sections and general road conditions are slighty better.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 10:19 PM   #1452
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I'll go from Germany to Rezekne in eastern Latvia (Latgale region) this summer.
There are two options for me instead of driving via Poland:
1. Using ferry from Kiel to Klaipeda and then A1 to Kaunas, then A6 (LT)/A13 (LV) via Daugavpils to Rezekne.
2. Using ferry from Kiel to Ventspils and then A10 to Riga, then A6 and A12 to Rezekne.
The route via Lithuania is ca. 100 km longer. But am I right that it is faster to drive than the Latvian route via Ventspils and Riga?
I remember that road conditions in Lithuania were much better than in Latvia in 2003. Is it still the same today?
If I were you, I would also evaluate duration of a ferry trip. Probably a ferry to Klaipėda should be a bit quicker (correct if I'm wrong), because it is closer to Kiel. Therefore overall you should come to Razekne quicker by taking a ferry to Klaipėda and then driving via Kaunas and Daugavpils to Razekne. During summer time you can drive 130 km/h in Klaipėda - Kaunas segment. All the way from Kaunas to Latvian border (A6 road) is in a very good condition, because many segments have been renovated recently.
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That's right, Kiel-Klaipeda is faster than Travemünde-Ventspils.
How much time should I plan for Klaipeda-Kaunas-Daugavpils-Rezekne?

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Old April 18th, 2016, 08:57 PM   #1454
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Let's break some silence in this thread with some good news.
1) Finally a contract was signed for Via Baltica road, segment Kaunas-Marijampolė, between 35,40 and 45,15 km. So almost 10 kilometers stretch will become a 2x2 motorway standard road

2) Bootsy from ************/forum posted some pics regarding current works on Via Baltica road 4 kilometers stretch between 17 and 21 km.
Widening and repavement:




New viaduct over railway is being built




3) Work are going on also on Western bypass of Vilnius. Vytautas_LT from ************/forum posted some good pics
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/attachment.php?attachmentid=7288&d=1460955746[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/attachment.php?attachmentid=7291&d=1460955746[/IMG]

Here a bypass will pass over Pavilnionių street
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/attachment.php?attachmentid=7296&d=1460955816[/IMG]

Here, close to A2 road, a bypass is still a bit mess
[IMG]http://www.************/forumas/attachment.php?attachmentid=7286&d=1460955746[/IMG]

Here a 2nd stage of bypass ends and works started fro a 3rd stage. Pic (c) dainauskas from ************/forum
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Thanks for the good news Xmaster!

On the topic of the Via Baltica, are there estimated completion dates for upgrading to motorway standards:
- the A5 between Kaunas and Marijampolė?
- the A5 between Marijampolė and the LT/PL border?
- the A8 between Kaunas and Panevėžys?
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Some more information about 10 km segment reconstruction to a 2x2 motorway on Via Baltica (A5 road Kaunas - Marijampolė, from 35,40 to45,15 km). The contract is 29 million EUR worth, works are expeced to be finished until 31st December 2017.
I've marked this segment on a map below (red color)


A week ago, user Soprano from ************/forum posted a video with some parts of a construction of Vilnius western bypass
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Old April 28th, 2016, 11:36 PM   #1457
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Some more information about 10 km segment reconstruction to a 2x2 motorway on Via Baltica (A5 road Kaunas - Marijampolė, from 35,40 to45,15 km). The contract is 29 million EUR worth, works are expeced to be finished until 31st December 2017.
I've marked this segment on a map below (red color)
First motorway (that will be signed as such) under-construction from 1990s
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Old April 29th, 2016, 09:49 PM   #1458
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Last night there have been pedestrian bridge installation works on A2 motorway near Ukmergė town. Traffic on motorway was closed for 3 hours during the night, while pedestrian bridge was mounted.Source of pictures



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Thanks for the good news Xmaster!

On the topic of the Via Baltica, are there estimated completion dates for upgrading to motorway standards:
- the A5 between Kaunas and Marijampolė?
- the A5 between Marijampolė and the LT/PL border?
- the A8 between Kaunas and Panevėžys?
Regarding this source A5 between Kaunas and Marijampolė should be finished in 2018.

The A5 between Marijampolė and the LT/PL border is now in Environmental Impact Assessment with a deadline of October 2016. So probably at least 5 years after it for construction works to start (that's my guess).

No idea about A8 Kaunas and Panevėžys. There were few articles sometime ago, that this section will become 2+1 first.
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Old May 6th, 2016, 10:20 PM   #1460
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First layer of asphalt on Western bypass of Vilnius U/C part.
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