From Riga to Daugavpils, Liepāja or any other Latvian regional within two hours, breaking 130 kilometres per hour on high-speed highways, which are also equipped with 5G technologies. Such ambitious ideas have been embedded in the new concept of the development of national road network by 2040.
The plan envisages converting 1020 kilometres of the country's main roads to high-speed roads.
The most ambitious changes are planned on Latvia's higher category roads. They will become four-lane high-speed highways with speed limit of up to 130 kilometres per hour. Anti-noise barriers and equipment to keep animals off the roads are also planned. A network of parallel roads will be developed adjacent to high-speed highways and cyclist infrastructure will be separated from the road.
“The network of parallel roads will be full of challenges for public transport service facilities and the needs of pedestrians and motorists,” said VVC Board Member Martins Lazdovskis.
Following the fashion of the new technologies, the highways will be equipped with 5G technologies.
It has been calculated that construction alone will cost EUR 5.9 billion.
The Road Council endorsed the new concept of development, and discussions on it will continue in the Cabinet in July.