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Lithuania plans to add asphalt surfacing to 815 km of gravel roads this year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis year, Lithuania plans to add asphalt surfacing to 815 km of gravel roads. 600 km of roads will receive soft asphalt surface, and 215 km of roads will receive surface restoration.

In 2016, Lithuania added asphalt surface to 3124 km of state roads. This was reported by the director of Lithuania’s Road Administration Egidijus Skrodenis at the annual road workers conference in Jurmala.

Latvian State Roads notes that Lithuania commenced its gravel road asphalt surfacing programme last year. This programme includes surface restoration work on 500 km of gravel roads in the country. The programme has been given an informal name – Zebra.

Specialists of Lithuania’s Road Directorate believe that by applying traditional asphalt surface construction to roads with low use and low intensity is too expensive. This is why gravel roads in the country are being refitted with so-called soft asphalt method. This method includes setting a 4.5 cm thick layer of asphalt on a rocky bed.

In cooperation with Agriculture Ministry, Lithuanian Road Administration commenced a project last year to add asphalt surface to roads that pass through 115 villages. Both LRA and the ministry have invested EUR 16 million into this project, LRA reports.

Lithuania is also busy performing road monitoring as well. In 2016, Transport and Road Research Institute evaluated functional goals and division in accordance with the following criteria: number of residents in a village, annual traffic intensity, sustainable regional development, residents’ interests, results of economic assessments and priorities of municipalities. This assessment helped identify 1,400 km of roads that could be given to municipalities.

LRA notes that the government plans to allocate EUR 590 million to state roads this year. This amount consists of EUR 499 million from the state budget and EUR 91 million from EU funds.

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  1. LH says:

    And Latvia only get lots of new pot holes covering all of the country

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