"We have not heard from transport firms of throughput problems on the Via Baltica until recently. The Transport Administration has asked our Latvian colleagues for more information," said Julia Bergštein, head of the roads service of the Ministry of Climate, ERR News reported.
She said that the Estonian transport agency works closely with its Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts through the Baltic Road Alliance NGO.
The bridge over the River Salaca in the town of Salacgrīva on the Via Baltica route has not seen renovation in years and vehicles can only cross it in one direction at a time to avoid overloading the aging structure. It is used by hundreds of heavy goods vehicles every day on the crucial north-south route along the Baltic Sea coast, with no realistic alternatives for express traffic between Rīga and Tallinn. LSM wrote in late June of rows of vehicles waiting to cross the bridge around the Midsummer holidays.
A six-kilometer line of cars waiting to cross the Salacgriva Bridge apparently formed last weekend when thousands of Latvians and Lithuanians were on their way to the Weeknd concert in Tallinn.