Site investigations for Rail Baltica first main line section completed

Spanish Idom and Lithuanian UAB Kelprojektas have completed the site investigations for the first Rail Baltica main line section from Kaunas to Lithuanian-Latvian state border.

The two companies, responsible for the section’s detailed technical design, completed key geodesic, geologic and geotechnical investigations for the 78 km Kaunas-Ramygala section.

“A total of 700 boreholes were drilled with more than 2000 samples tested in the laboratory. Most of the wells were 10 m. and some of them even 25 m. deep. Thorough investigations were required for value engineering solutions. These solutions will be used to devise key construction elements for the most important infrastructure objects. They key object in this section is a 1,4 km. long railway bridge over river Neris”, said Antanas Šnirpūnas, Head of RB Rail AS in Lithuania.

The designers will soon present the value engineering solutions to the public. Detailed technical design of this section and the section from Ramygala to Lithuanian-Latvian state border will be completed in 2021.

This section crosses five municipalities in Lithuania – Kaunas city, Kaunas, Jonava, Kėdaniai and Panevėžys districts. Investigations were conducted in a 565-hectare area. Value engineering solutions were prepared for a 30 km long section from Šveicarija to Žeimiai and from Žeimiai to Šėta. Designers were trying to find the best solutions for road and rail viaducts and animal passages. Elements were considered according to cost, technical, environmental and construction parameters.

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