General Information

Title of the project: Construction of Panemune and Sovetsk by-pass with a bridge over Neman River
Programme: Lithuania-Poland-Russia Cross Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 under European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
Subject of the project: Infrastructure (roads, buildings, transport)
Priority: 1. Contributing to solving common problems and challenges
Measure: 1.2. Accessibility improvement
Lead Partner (Beneficiary): Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Lithuania)
Partner: State Governmental agency of the Kaliningrad region "Road Department of the Kaliningrad region" (Russia)
Total budget: 27,386,690.00 EUR (94,560,763.23 Lt)
Programme contribution: 10,000,000.00 EUR (34,528,000.00 Lt)
Duration: 36 months (January 2013 – December 2015)


According to the Project, the Panemunė by-pass will be built on the territory of Pagėgiai municipality of Tauragė region of the Republic of Lithuania and will be connected with a new bridge over Neman River and Sovetsk by-pass to be constructed by the Partner from the Russian Federation. The Panemunė by-pass will be part of road A12 (E77) Riga–Šiauliai–Tauragė–Kaliningrad and of IA transport corridor (VIA HANSEATICA), which is an important connection of the European Union road network.

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the improvement of traffic conditions for transit and long distance transport between the Lithuanian Republic and Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation on IA transport corridor, as well as to reducing vehicles-related problems (traffic jams, noise, air pollution) faced by the inhabitants of Panemunė settlement (Lithuania) and Sovetsk town (Russia).

The Financial Project analysis shows that although the project does not generate direct income, it provides social and economic benefits to society.The estimated internal rate of return of the Project (evaluating Panemunė bypass to be constructed on the territory of Lithuania and Sovetsk bypass with a bridge over Neman River to be constructed on the territory of the Russian Federation) is 41.88%.

When the implementation of the Project is finished and transport traffic is diverted to a by-pass, the following benefits will be achieved:

  • Reduced negative environmental impact
  • Reduced accident rate
  • Improved traffic and border crossing conditions
  • Reduced vehicle operating costs.

After implementation of the project the following results will be achieved:

  • Construction of a road section (length – 4 km).
  • Construction of the “fly-over” (length – 0.463 km) over the old water course of river Neman.
  • Construction of the bridgehead (length – 0.085 km) providing connection with the new bridge, which should be built over Neman River by the Russian Federation.

The Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 aims at promoting economic and social development on both sides of the EU-Russian border, addressing common challenges and problems and promoting people-to-people co-operation. Under the Programme, legal non-profit entities from the Lithuanian and Polish border regions and the entire Kaliningrad oblast implement joint projects co-financed by the EU.

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.


Updated 13-01-2015

Last updated: 22-02-2017