Traffic restricted on ice-bound bridge

The landmark Vanšu (Shroud) bridge in central Riga had traffic restricted to one lane in each direction and restrictions on pedestrian access too on Monday, after weather conditions combined to turn it into an ice-bound accident risk. 

Large icicles had been spotted on the wires that give the bridge its name, and the risk of them falling onto people below with potentially fatal consequences merited the inconvenience and tailbacks, Riga City Council spokeswoman Ilze Dišlere said.

The restrictions were put in place on Sunday after motorists spotted the danger with with winds causing chunks of ice to fall onto the roadway.

Professional climbers or steeplejacks were due to ascend the rigging Monday to assess the situation with temperatures hovering between freezing, though winds were less fierce than in recent days.

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