Riga road repairs deadline pushed back

Riga roadworks are to drag into late September, despite city officials' earlier promises to the contrary, it emerged September 11. 

"Without a doubt, the works should conclude by the end of the month," said Emīls Jakrins, head of the Riga Transport Department, in interview with LTV.

Numerous construction companies have been fined for not following safety regulations while Rigans are all but constantly voicing dissatisfaction with the roadworks, especially now that pupils are heading back to school with the start of the new school year.

Jakrins blamed the delays on utility holders, saying they had not followed their own deadlines and thus slowed down construction crews that had to wait. 

Currently Jakrins said that most streets have been asphalted while works are still ongoing on Valdemāra street and three blocks of Brīvības street. There are also delays in laying new pavement. 

Jakrins did not answer whether he should take responsibility over what many perceive to be haphazard management at his department.

His predecessor was fired last year for significant delays and perceived low quality of construction while swaths of Riga streets were rebuilt. 

Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs had earlier promised roadworks would conclude by September.

The below video shows traffic organization, or the lack thereof, while Kr. Valdemāra street is being repaired.

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