Big metal tunnel built under railway on Latvia-Belarus border

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A 30-meter, 30-tonne tunnel has been constructed at the border of Latvia-Belarus, which will facilitate the guarding of the State border in the area where the border is crossed by a railway line, said Renārs Griškevics, Chairman of the Board of State JSC  “State Real Estate” (VNĪ) on May 15.

The width of the nearly 30-meter tunnel is 4.6 meters and the height is 3.6 meters. The structure of the metal plates was prepared in advance and delivered by rail at the installation site. 

The structure was assembled without interruption within four days, day and night so that the suspended freight train traffic on the Daugavpils-Polotsk line can be restored as soon as possible. Eight engineers and more than 25 workers participated in the works, reported Jūlija Zandersone, executive director of construction firm Citrus Solutions.

The construction of the railway crossing will continue in May, including the creation of a surface that will allow border guards to move swiftly through the tunnel with quadricycles or other vehicles. The permanent fence and the rest of the border guarding infrastructure will be constructed up to the railway embankment on both sides.

By May 2, a 56.45-kilometer-long fence has been constructed on the border and its commissioning to the contracting authority, VNĪ, has started.  The project provides for a total construction of the Latvia–Belarus State border fence of 173 km.

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