Companies fined close to €80,000 over Riga roadworks chaos

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The Riga municipality has fined construction companies close to €80,000 over traffic management violations during roadworks at the capital.  

The roadworks, still ongoing, were a topic of fierce debate with Rigans complaining about unsafe conditions and activists sometimes erecting their own safety barriers in places of perceived safety threat.

Most of the fines, says Riga City Council representative Una Ahuna-Ozola, were doled out for violations on Stabu and Kr. Valdemāra street.

Construction companies were fined of a total €12,800 over traffic violations and a further €65,000 over missing deadlines on Brīvības st. and Kr. Valdemāra street. 

"Next year no major streets so close to one another will be repaired, so things will get easier. For example, [next year] the Krasta st. [will be repaired], where there is practically no pedestrian traffic," said Ahuna-Ozola.

"I think this winter may be a period where construction companies come up with better ways of organizing works and train their employees," she said. 

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