This complicated place that has been posing risks, not only for the locals, but also for holidaymakers travelling to the Green Lakes, will be resolved by September at the initiative of private investors, Baltisches Haus.
During the first days of June, the construction of a roundabout will start in the Balsiai residential area of the capital city, to resolve the intersection problems at the streets of Žaliųjų ežerų and Visalaukio. This complicated place that has been posing risks, not only for the locals, but also for holidaymakers travelling to the Green Lakes, will be resolved by September at the initiative of private investors, Baltisches Haus.
Tomas Kamaitis, manager of the Traffic Organisation Division of the Vilnius Municipality says that they have already installed speed bumps and pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Žaliųjų ežerų Street at Balsiai district and installed directional lighting for pedestrian crossings some time ago. However, looking to the near perspective, – the construction of the Žali trade and service centre, the proposal of Baltisches Haus to reconstruct the intersection by equipping it with a roundabout was supported.
“The incidence of traffic accidents in this place is determined by the hillside, poor visibility on the turn, impatience of the traffic participants, or the selection of an unsafe driving speed. Topped with the intense traffic in the morning and evening rush hours, we have a dangerous traffic situation facing the constant risk of accidents in this most important intersection in Balsiai,” said Rimantas Micka, chairman of the Balsiai community.
According to him, the traffic accident statistics do not even register the real number of accidents, because minor crashes characteristic to this intersection remain unregistered – the road users deal with them amongst themselves.
Before starting the construction of the Žali trade and service centre, the traffic intensity at the adjacent intersection was examined. The results showed that during the morning rush-hour, a total of 1,895 cars pass this intersection within two hours, from 7 to 9 am. Even more cars cross this intersection during the evening rush hour, from 5 to 7 pm – a total of 2,142 cars. According to Audrius Masionis, Baltisches[I1] Haus’ project manager, these are impressive numbers indicating the danger, bearing in mind that the intersection is unregulated, the street width here is not very wide, and the number of residents in this district of single-family houses is increasing considerably.