Vehicle of Audit Office chief bursts tire in pothole en route to interview

The car of State Audit Office Elita Krūmiņa burst a tire after running into a pothole en route to Zaķusala for an interview with LTV, she told the One on One program February 12.

"You could also say that the car 'fell' into the pothole. For a moment, I was worried I wouldn't make it to this broadcast," she said, adding that as a result she had to walk for part of the way.

She said the event can be said to be indicative of the overall state of roads across the capital.

Krūmiņa is now considering a civil lawsuit against the municipality.

With the freeze receding and revealing numerous potholes the state of Rīga's roads has become a topic of public discussion. The Rīga Traffic Department has reduced the maximum speed on several roads and promises to fix the potholes as soon as possible.

Insurers pay out about €1m each year in compensations for cars damaged by potholes.

A recent Audit Office review found that €5.4 million used to develop Rīga's transport infrastructure have been misspent. 

Read an older feature on LSM to find out more about the space potholes occupy in the Latvian hive mind. 

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