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Lithuanian Road Administration fails to find contractor to fix Panemune bypass

BC, Vilnius, 24.07.2020.Print version
The Lithuanian Road Administration has so far failed to find a contractor to fix a defective bypass at Panemune, a small town on the border with Russia's Kaliningrad region, that has remained unused since its completion five years ago, informed LETA/BNS.

The administration's repeated invitation for bids for an embankment reinforcement contract has attracted no offers, according to information on the public procurement website

The tender procedure will be relaunched after the terms are revised, the Road Administration told LETA/BNS.  

Vitalijus Andrejevas, a former director of the administration, told earlier that they expected to find a contactor in the spring and complete the works in the fall. 

The administration decided to seek a new contractor after Latvijas Tilti and Kauno Keliai, the builders of the Panemune bypass, refused to eliminate the defects at their own expense.

Following several years of discussions, Lithuania and Russia in October 2011 signed an agreement on the construction of a new bridge over the River Nemunas and its access roads.

The new bridge between Panemune and Sovetsk, a town on the Russian side of the border, is expected to help increase the capacity of border checkpoints between Lithuania and the Russian exclave.

The 26.25-mln-euro Panemune bypass is now used only by border services. The authorities planned to open it to all traffic after Russia completes building the new bridge and the necessary infrastructure on its side of the border. 

The bypass project received 10 mln euros in EU funding. 

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