New Vilnius bypass cuts traffic jams – and travel times

Stage two of the Western Bypass of Lithuania’s capital relieves the city centre of congestion while improving road infrastructure in the north-west metropolitan area. The new 2.84 km stretch of road improves the overall accessibility in and around the city, and makes it easier to get to and from the international airport.

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The parts of Vilnius that benefit the most from the scheme in terms of reducing bottlenecks include the western zones of Lazdynai, Karoliniskes, Justiniskes, and Virsuliskes, as well as Laisves Avenue. The bypass should also reduce the number of accidents and cut noise pollution in these areas. In addition, this new route has been designed to support the development of the capital city’s key industrial areas, located in the southern and eastern parts of Vilnius.

Smoother journeys

Cutting journey times across the city is another key objective for the new, six-lane road (three per direction), which runs between the interchange at L. Asanaviciutes Street in the south and the interchange with Ozo Street in the north. The bypass has been designed without stops, with entry onto the road made possible via accelerating and decelerating lanes only. This feature, combined with a maximum speed of 80 km/hour, should help to reduce delays by an average of 65 %. The smoother journeys provided by the bypass should also cut fuel consumption by 9 % and CO2 emissions by 10 %.

Construction of the bypass also included:

  • Two new intersections with L. Asanaviciute Street and Pilaite Avenue, along with two viaducts with a total length of 93.4 m;
  • Construction of a 46.7 m long viaduct along the main stretch of the Western Bypass at the intersection with D. Gerbutavicius Street; and
  • Construction of a 48.8 m long viaduct (walkway) for pedestrians.

The construction of the Western Bypass has been split into three stages, with this project covering stage two only. Stage one, which has already been completed, involved the construction of a three-level intersection at Oslo Street and the road segment to L. Asanaviciute Street. Stage three covers a section of the Western Bypass from Ozo Street to Ukmerge Street (5.1 km), though timing for this scheme has yet to be decided.

The bypass forms part of the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which runs through Lithuania via the E28 and E85 roads in an east-west direction and through the E272 and E28 in a north-south direction.

It is estimated that 423 jobs are being created during the implementation of the project.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Trans-European Network Link - the Vilnius City Western Bypass. Stage II” is EUR 51 325 904, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 37 732 720 from the Operational Programme “Economic Growth” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Development of Trans-European Transport Network”.

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