140 roadbuilding plans for 2017

140 sections of national highways and roads across Latvia will be reconstructed this year, which is slightly more than in 2016, the state joint-stock road maintenance company Latvijas Valsts Celi (LVC) representatives told reporters January 9.

State financing for national highways and roads is €286 million this year, 12.2 percent up from 2016. The amount includes €159 million allocated from the state budget and €127 million from European Union funds.

LVC board chairman Janis Lange said that bids had been invited for 40 road reconstruction projects. In addition, several road reconstruction projects that commenced last year will continue in 2017.

In addition to the 140 road sections to be reconstructed this year, traffic safety improvements will be carried out at 24 locations this year.

The largest projects planned for 2017 include reconstruction of Valmiera Highway (A3) section from Rubene to Mellupe Bridge, Ventspils Highway (A10) section from Jurmala Highway to Varkali, as well as Lielupe Bridge reconstruction.

Also reconstructed will be a section of Cesis-Madona road (P30) from Brezgi Hill to Vecpiebalga, Augsligatne-Skriveri road (P32) from Augsligatne to Nitaure, Vecumnieki-Subate road (P73) from Krasti to Eberge, Kekava-Skaistkalne road (P89) from Barbele to the Lithuanian border, Talsi-Kuldiga road (P120) from Talsi to Stende, and Sigulda's bridge over River Gauja, part of the Inciems-Kegums road (P8).

For traffic safety purposes, intersection of Ventspils Highway (A10), Liga-Vegi road (P130) and Liga-Rideli road will be reconstructed, as well as intersection of Mezvidi-Baldone road (P91) and Iecava-Daugmale road (V9) in Baldone, intersection of Vidzeme Highway and Zinatnes Street in Sigulda, intersection of Jelgava Highway and exit to Medemciems, and others.

With the help of EU funds, LVC is also planning to implement several cross-border projects in cooperation with Lithuania and Estonia.

According to European Commission ratings, based on World Economic Forum data, Latvia has among the worst roads in Europe with only Romania and Malta ranked wore.

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