LTG Infra, the company responsible for the implementation of the Rail Baltica project in Lithuania, has signed a works contract with Italian company Rizzani de Eccher for the construction of the bridge over the River Neris near Jonava. The value of the contract is about US$71 million.

The bridge, which will be 1,510m long, will cross a key nature site and so particular attention is being paid to environmental protection. There will be no bridge supports the water to allow fish to be able to migrate freely and water vegetation to grow. In order to avoid any impact on the biodiversity of the Neris, work will not be carried out in the river’s protection zone during fish migration and spawning.

Rail Baltica - CGI of River Neris rail bridge

The bridge will also play a key part in the construction of the railway line. “The railway bridge over Neris is an exclusive construction of Rail Baltica not only in engineering and technical aspects,” LTG Infra CEO Karolis Sankovski. “This object is especially important for the implementation of the project in the construction of the railway towards the Latvian border — it will transport no less than 50m-long rails, which can only be carried by rail.”

The estimated duration of the Neris bridge works is 2.5 years. The bridge will be built near the city of Jonava, so noise barriers — noise-absorbing walls, vibration-dampers, special embankments — will be installed in residential areas.

Technical maintenance services for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway bridge over the Neris near Jonava will be provided by Viamatika, which won a tender announced by LTG Infra last year.

Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the history of the Baltic states. It will provide an electrified double-track European-gauge railway line connecting Warsaw, Kaunas, Riga, and Tallinn. The total length of Rail Baltica in the Baltic states is 870km, with 392 km in Lithuania, 265km in Latvia, and 213km in Estonia.