Connecting Europe: building for Rail Baltica in Lithuania

Membership in the European Union and the free movement of people and goods have allowed residents of the Baltic States and Poland to travel freely within the EU and have granted business unlimited opportunities to trade with each other.

The railroad infrastructure of all three Baltic States was developed extremely poorly, failing to correspond to modern standards and having been laid using the Russian railroad gauge standard. This inhibited trade with and transportation to Western European countries, so rail transportation and freight stagnated compared to others modes of transportation. Upon implementation of the Rail Baltica project, this will undoubtedly change.

Mitnija, along with the Kauno Tiltai transportation infrastructure company, implemented one of the largest and most significant railroad transportation projects in the region, Rail Baltica, which – using a new European gauge – will connect Warsaw, Vilnius, Kaunas, Riga, Tallinn and, by means of a train ferry, Helsinki.

In the fall of 2015, we finished laying, remodeling and updating the first stretch of European gauge track from Šeštokai to Marijampolė.

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We laid more than 70 km of railroad track, as well as remodeling and updating the Marijampolė and Šeštokai railroad stations and the Marijampolė-Šeštokai section. Additionally, we installed 18 sets of switches, three different track intersections, 31 culverts, four bridges with two lanes of traffic each, more than five km of sound suppression walls, almost 800 m of retaining walls, ten crossings, four viaducts, and one underground pedestrian crossing at the Marijampolė railroad station.

Rail Baltica will undoubtedly alter the transportation systems of not only Lithuania but also Latvia, Estonia, and Poland and will provide residents and businesses with greatly increased possibilities. The Baltic railroad systems will finally be integrated into the common European Union railroad transportation system, allowing for faster and more convenient travel and more active trade with other EU countries, promoting economic development and integration.

The value of work completed by Mitnija and Kauno Tiltai together was the largest, compared to that of the other four subcontractors – the two companies laid 34.5 km of the new 1435 mm European gauge and remodeled 36 km of the old 1520 mm gauge railroad.

Upon implementation of the entire Rail Baltica project, Lithuania will become part of two trans-European network railroad corridors: the Baltic-Adriatic and the North Sea-Baltic.

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