Authority says state of Latvian roads is improving

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The State JSC Latvian State Roads (Latvijas valsts ceļi, LVC) said in a statement on February 16 that the technical condition of asphalt roads in Latvia is currently the best it has been in the last 30 years.

According to LVC, back in 2005, only 32% of roads were in a good or very good state. In 2022, this figure had grown to 78.3%.

The Latvian state road network has 20,034 kilometers of road, of which 9,536 km is asphalt and 10,498 km is gravel.

LVC said that gravel roads are in a much worse condition – only 18.5% of regional roads and 8.9% of local roads were assessed as good or very good. Some local roads should not be called state roads anymore and should instead be handed over to municipalities, according to the LVC.

The latest comprehensive EU road quality index dates back to 2019, when Latvia took the 24th position out of 27, which does not sound all that good. However, major repair works have been ongoing since then. Currently, for example, a brand new Ķekava bypass is being constructed, as well as major repairs are ongoing on the Rīga–Estonia (A2) highway.

You can also check out this story from our archive detailing the average experience of driving on a Latvian road.

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