VILNIUS – The Via Baltica highway's stretch between Kaunas and Marijampole in Lithuania, on Tuesday officially opened after reconstruction worth 156 million euros, is the first new highway in Lithuania built over the past two decades, Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says.
The number of car accidents is expected to go down around 70 percent here, he said.
"It's a road the whole regions and transit drivers have anxiously waited. Complying with the highest highway standards, it will be an important part of the North-South transport artery," Masiulis was quoted in a statement.
Vitalijus Andrejevas, head of the Lithuanian Road Direction, says the reconstruction stretch no longer has one-level crossings. Also, ten viaducts, two roundabouts, three different-level crossings and connecting roads have been built and various infrastructure protecting animals has been installed.
According to Masiulis, the stretch between Marijampole and the Polish border is expected to be reconstructed by 2022.
The international four-lane highway Via Baltica will connect Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and Warsaw. A lot of freight transport takes this highway from Western Europe to via Poland.