Political parties talk Riga streets and bridges

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Over the recent years, Riga streets have caused a lot of discussion regarding potholes and bumps. Ahead of Riga City Council extraordinary elections, political parties have made promises to improve the city's infrastructure, Latvian Television said August 6.

Street improvement has been included in 11 of 15 party programs.

Several parties mention street maintenance and repairs in general: Center party, Latvian Russian Union, Union of Greens and Farmers, as well as New Unity. Alternative party promises to pour concrete on gravel roads.

Few mention specific streets to be repaired first. One is New Conservative Party, who propose to rebuild Ulmaņa gatve, Saharova Street, Vienības gatve and Ganību dambis.

New Conservative Party has also promised to build a total of 50 km in bicycle lanes. Currently, there are only around 60 km of cycling lanes altogether in Riga.

Nine parties have included cycling lanes in their programs. Honor to Serve Latvia said specifically there would be a bicycle lane along the entire length of Brīvības Street. However, the party prioritizes bridges: Brasas, Deglava, Zemitāna, Gaisa, Vanšu, and Salu bridge.

Bridges have also been included in Development/For!/Progressives program. This party also plans to replace all traffic lights with "smart" lights.

Harmony criticized the fact that current road repairs have been so slow but only promised own plans for next year.

National Union "Justice" plans to build a new bridge over River Daugava to Iļģuciems, estimating the cost at EUR 125 million.

15 political forces, who have submitted their lists of candidates, have applied for the Riga City Council's emergency elections.

In February this year, the Latvian Saeima voted to dismiss the Riga City Council. The extraordinary elections were originally planned for April but following the state of emergency the date was changed several times until it was set to August 29.

LSM already reported promises made in party programs regarding Riga public transportation and real estate tax. Full programs can be read in Latvian on the Central Election Commission website.

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