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Brasa Bridge open for traffic

On Thursday, November 9, at 7:00, the rebuilt Brasa Bridge opened for traffic in Rīga. From now on, pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, and cars will be able to use the Brasa Bridge, Riga City Council (RD) said.

The construction of the Brasa Bridge has a long history, yet the development of a new building design, the dismantling of the old bridge, and the construction of a new bridge have taken just under three years.

The Brasa Bridge was put into operation in 1959 and no major work was carried out to improve the technical condition of the bridge until 2019. Beginning repairs to the Brasa Bridge in the spring of 2019, the bridge was found to be in very poor condition and needed to be completely demolished. Dismantling of the old Brasa Bridge began in the summer of 2021, while construction of the new bridge began in May 2022.

Construction manager Pāvels Sidorovs told Latvian Televizija that around 60 to 70 builders worked at the site at the same time, which is a lot.

RD Chairman Vilnis Ķirsis (New Unity) said that the Brasa Bridge was essentially built from scratch: “There was no other way to rebuild the Brasa Bridge than to rebuild it completely, which objectively took time, but now the works have been done well and this is a significant investment in the long term.”

The amount of the project is EUR 16 million, of which EUR 11.85 million of construction costs are planned to be covered by co-financing from the Cohesion Fund of the European Union, 418 thousand – from the State budget grant, while the rest – from the funds of the local government.

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