8 months of Rail Baltica geotechnical exploration begins in Rīga

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Geotechnical exploration works on the Rail Baltica route through Riga get under way 17 January, according to RB Rail, the company responsible for building the 6-billion-euro infrastructure project.

"In the framework of the Rail Baltica project, until September of 2020, the Upeslejas-Riga Central Station; Torņakalns-Imanta and Riga International Airport-Misa sections will carry out geotechnical investigations. The purpose is to obtain the necessary technical information on the composition of the soil and its physical properties for the design of the Rail Baltica main route and the development of sustainable technical solutions," said a release from the company.

The field work will take place at several points along the entire railway section where experts will study the ground conditions using different drilling methods. The research is being conducted in order to develop recommendations that will be taken into account when designing infrastructure elements such as embankments, bridges, noise walls, culverts and animal passages.

All landowners whose properties will be affected by exploration in the Upeslejas-Riga Central Station; Torņakalns-Imanta and Riga International Airport-Misa sections will receive a letter regarding the works planned. The letter will indicate the purpose of the work planned and its implementers, the coordinates of the site, the method of investigation, the contact person as well as a protocol for the coordination of the works.

The research will be carried out by the Latvian subsidiary of an international Austrian company SIA Intergeo Baltic.

More information on the geotechnical exploration can be found in the Rail Baltica Digital
Information Center: http://railbaltica.org/info/en.

The Rail Baltica project is currently in the design process for 411 km of the main line and the next 233 km are being procured for design works. At the same time, the national project implementer in Latvia, SIA Latvijas Dzelzceļa līnijas, is carrying out design works at the Riga Central Station and Riga International Airport. Construction of the main line is scheduled to begin in 2022 and the first trains are due to start rillong in 2026, though as reported by LSM a recent audit questioned whether that was still a realistic date.

RB Rail AS is a multinational joint venture of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania established to
coordinate the implementation of the Rail Baltica Global Project, the first infrastructure
project of this scale from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border via Latvia. 

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