- The performance results, changes and future plans have been presented at the meeting of the Baltic Road Builders Council
The performance results, changes and future plans have been presented at the meeting of the Baltic Road Builders Council
Under the chairmanship of the Baltic Road Association (BRA) by the SE Lithuanian Road Administration (hereinafter – the Road Administration), the second meeting this year of the Baltic Road Builders Council was arranged.
During the conference, which was attended by representatives of the road administrations of all three Baltic countries and by the members of the Council of the Baltic Road Association (BRA), the information relevant to the countries and experiences about the implemented and planned activities and about the challenges of this year have been shared. As was the case in the spring meeting, project financing and implementation in the current context of the situation were one of the most important topics of the discussion.
As the prices of building materials are rising, the particular emphasis was placed on adequate funding need, which will ensure the implementation of the most important projects of the road infrastructure and road maintenance. In 2022, the budget allocated for roads of national importance in Lithuania amounts to 364 million euros, in Latvia – to 320 million euros, in Estonia – to 242 million euros.
Currently, there are slightly more than 21 thousand kilometres of the roads of national importance in Lithuania, about 25 percent of them have a gravel surface. In the neighbouring Latvia, the network of the roads of national importance consists of about 20 thousand kilometres of the roads, about 50 percent of them have a gravel surface. The length of the Estonian roads of national importance is 16.6 thousand km, about 24 percent of them are gravel roads.
In addition to general activity reports, during the meeting, the parties also presented their experience in implementing innovative, green projects and on how green standards are applied in the course of public procurements.
The main goal of the Baltic Road Association (BRA) is to look for opportunities for cooperation by carrying out joint projects, coordinating the work of the groups of technical experts, organising joint seminars and international conferences, and by cooperating with other international organisations of road builders.
From last year to 2025, Lithuania will chair this association for 4 years, and then it will transfer the chairmanship of the association to Estonia.