Via Baltica

submitted by Lithuania

Year registered: 2018
Status:Activity Reported
3SI countries proposing the project:


Participating 3SI countries:

Latvia, Poland, Estonia

Partner countries:

* not part of the 3Seas Initiative
Main objectives:
  • To create a high-quality road infrastructure ensuring travel conditions in compliance with the requirements of TEN-T Guidelines Regulation No 1315/2013;
  • To enhance a safety of passengers and freight mobility, reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities, save travel time;
  • To ensure a high level of environmental protection.
Short description:

Via Baltica route, which lays from Republic of Poland to Republic of Estonia ,is one of the most important transit arteries in the Eastern Europe. There is no other transport corridor in Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia and Republic of Estonia for the transportation of goods in the North-South direction. On the road, the share of freight traffic is around 30%, thus requiring the highest-level quality of traffic conditions, to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

However, due to the existing road infrastructure, traffic conditions and driving habits today, Via Baltica does not guarantee a high level of traffic quality for the transit route. There is a low level of road safety, which affects the emergence of traffic accidents with severe consequences.

The total length of the Via Baltica road on the Republic of Lithuanian territory is 269 km and the transport corridor consists of five state significance main road whose sections are intensively used for transit and everyday trips:

  • A5 Kaunas-Marijampolė-Suwalki from 0 km to 97.06 km;
  • A1 Vilnius-Kaunas-Klaipėda from 102 km to 114.8 km;
  • A8 Panevėžys-Aristava-Sitkūnai from 7.5 km to 87.86 km;
  • A17 Panevėžys bypass from 0 km to 22.25 km;
  • A10 Panevėžys-Pasvalys-Riga from 9.1 km to 66.09 km.
Calendar of implementation:
  • Planning
  • Construction

Some separate sections and implementation of ITS and traffic management solutions are co-financed by EU investment funds (Cohesion fund).

Financing sources:
National funding