“We left this issue for the new government to decide on,” acting Transport Minister Eligijus Masiulis told reporters after the government’s meeting on Monday.
The government first approved this project in February 2011. The project was then estimated to cost 88.619 million litas.
Later, however, the government commissioned an examination of the project price, which actually soared to 125.103 million litas. The experts found out that the increase in the project costs was justified.
The consortium Plėtros Investicijos (Development Investments), which includes Kauno Tiltai (Kaunas Bridges), the largest road and bridge building company in the Baltic countries (75.1 percent), and Šiaulių Plentas (24.9 percent), has won the tender to build and maintain the bypass of Palanga with the bid of 123.575 million litas (VAT included).
The 8.3-kilometers long Palanga bypass road will be part of the trunk road connecting Klaipėda and Liepaja in Latvia.