2019.11.11 14:00

Lithuania to undertake €300m reconstruction of Via Baltica motorway

Lithuania's Road Administration preparing to reconstruct a 40-kilometre section of the Via Baltica motorway between the town of Marijampolė and the Polish border. The total worth of the works is estimated at 300 million euros.

The reconstruction works will begin in 2021 after all land buying procedures are finalised and contractors are selected, according to Vitalijus Andrejevas, the head of the Road Administration. The reconstruction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

The Ministry of Transport and Communication is to submit a special plan for the reconstruction of the 40-km Via Baltica section and will also ask to start the land takeover procedure.

“Once the government approves the special plan, we will issue a call for tenders to design a technical project and the preparation of the project for such a long section could take up to 18 months. But at the same time, we will carry out the procedure of taking land for public needs,” Andrejevas told BNS.

He says that the government will have to nationalize 745 land properties or parts of them. The sum of compensation to be paid to the existing owners is yet to be determined.

The reconstruction is estimated to cost around 300 million euros, Andrejevas says, but the final sum can vary.

The international four-lane motorway Via Baltica will connect Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and Warsaw. Its total length in Lithuania will measure 274 km.