Rail Baltica marks start of construction effort for bridge over the Neris River
Rail Baltica, the company tasked with the execution of the railway link across the three Baltic states, has recently marked the start of construction of the bridge over the Neris River in Lithuania. Once completed at year-end 2024, it will be the longest bridge in the area at 1,51 kilometres.
The new railway bridge stands out in that it does not have a single support in the water, this in an effort to protect the nearby Natura 2000 site. The section spanning the river without support measures 150 metres in length. The absence of pillars should benefit migrating fish and the growth of vegetation on the bottom of the river. The bridge will be built at around 40 metres above the water and carries a contract value of 64 million euros excluding VAT. The Italian company Rizzani de Eccher will be responsible for the construction of the bridge, including associated infrastructure.
“To build an entirely new Rail Baltica section between Kaunas and the Lithuanian–Latvian border is quite a challenge, as this is also the first completely new railway section to be built in independent Lithuania. The railway bridge over the Neris river is complex and strategically important infrastructure for the construction of the railway between Kaunas and Riga, Karolis Sankovski, ceo of construction company LTG Infra said. The contractor is tasked with implementing the Rail Baltica project in Lithuania.
Once completed, the 870-kilometre-long Rail Baltica will be a vital link in the North Sea – Baltic Sea TEN-T Corridor. The European standard gauge railway double track railway will allow freight trains to travel at a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour. High-speed passenger trains will hit 250 kilometres per hour.
This item first appeared on RailFreight.com, RailTech.com’s freight-focussed sister publication.