“Local access motor roads are an important part of Rail Baltica's railway infrastructure. They are planned in such a way that, after construction of the railway, convenient communication between the different sides of the railway is ensured,” said Dovydas Palaima, General Manager at LTG Infra Rail Baltica Management.
Contruction work from Kaunas to the Latvian border will begin “as soon as the weather conditions permit," he added.
The company that won the tender will build 14 local access roads to be built over 14 months.
Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the history of the Baltic States,and will be an electrified double-track European gauge railway connecting Warsaw, Kaunas, Vilnius, Panevėžys, Riga, Pärnu and Tallinn. The total length of Rail Baltica in the Baltic States is 870 km, with 392 km in Lithuania, 265 km in Latvia and 213 km in Estonia.
Originally slated to be running in 2026, the estimated end of the project has now slipped back to 2030. The original 5.8-billion-euro quoted cost also looks increasingly like it might be revised upwards, though no new figures have yet been mentioned.