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Old April 11th, 2014, 03:50 AM   #1661
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they have some roads that are pretty close to motorways, but not technically up to standard.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 12:31 PM   #1662
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But our people still see them as motorways. Even on the roads that are not dual carriageways the live traffic data shows average speeds nearing the British motorway speed limit of 113 km/h.

In 2012 - the last year of the speed cameras - the speeding TOP3 was 230 (90 + 140), 226 (90 + 136) and 219 (90 + 129) km/h with only the middle one being on a dual carriageway.

In the capital city they caught somebody driving 170 on the South bridge (speed limit 70) and 169 on Maskavas street (speed limit 50).

The speeds are lower than in 2009 when we saw even 265 and 280 kph.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 06:24 PM   #1663
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While driving through Latvia last summer, I noticed that you obey speed limits a lot less than Estonians. Even if we were driving 110km/h on a single carriageway, there were lots of cars passing us.

Edit: I also checked live traffic data for Estonian dual carriageways (which now have a speed limit of 110km/h). There the average speed is between 100-110km/h. On single carriageways the average speed is between 90-95 km/h (speed limit is 90km/h).
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Old April 12th, 2014, 02:30 AM   #1664
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it's pretty bad that speeds are going down, unless only the ones caught are going down? Speed should always go up!
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Old April 12th, 2014, 10:28 AM   #1665
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Avg. speed has gone up since we started reconstructing the most important A routes. Same goes for me, I usually drive ~110 on A roads.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #1666
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The road is not a race track, but a facility to get you safe and efficiently from A to B.

110 km/h isn't particularly unsafe if there is a wide single carriageway (10 m wide) but head-on accidents will be severe.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 11:09 AM   #1667
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The road is not a race track, but a facility to get you safe and efficiently from A to B.

110 km/h isn't particularly unsafe if there is a wide single carriageway (10 m wide) but head-on accidents will be severe.
The most dangerous situations arise when there is somebody driving at the legal 90 because all the other cars will overtake him potentially creating a head-on collision.

I was once taken in the government's Ministry of Transport car from the airport - the driver was constantly doing some 20-40 kph more in what is a city. Never mind that there were more people than seats in the car so two people sat on the same seat with no seatbelt fastened...

How can anybody expect the normal people to respect the laws when the lawmakers themselves don't?
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Old April 12th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #1668
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How can anybody expect the normal people to respect the laws when the lawmakers themselves don't?
In the interest of self-preservation?
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Old April 12th, 2014, 11:29 AM   #1669
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In the interest of self-preservation?
For some reason in Latvia speed beats safety. Not only for drivers but for pedestrians too. I've seen many times where very old ladies instead of walking 100m to the newly reconstructed traffic light controlled zebra crossing head straight across the 70 kph 3+3. Or a bit further down the road - the 90 kph bit - they've actually cut a hole in the anti-pedestrian fence in the middle instead of walking to the pedestrian overpass. (See picture)


And it's widely recognized that Latvia has the smoothest urban cycling motorways!
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Old April 24th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #1670
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A8/E77 Reconstruction from Jelgava town border to Lielvircava turn (map).

24/04/2014 - Works started last week I presume.

1. Bridge over Platone river will be rebuild and made wider.


2. Mostly preparation works ongoing.


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4. Nothing significant at this segment apart from cutted trees. Mind that here allowed speed limit is 90 km/h, I was doing 45-50 km/h... This road is soooo awful.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #1671
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Works started on 7th April already.
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Old May 19th, 2014, 09:36 PM   #1672
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P80/P8




P80/P32

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Old May 20th, 2014, 01:44 PM   #1673
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I heard in LVC interview there are no left turns on this new road.. oh well. And btw, had a chance to drive on E22 the other day from P8 in Riga direction, scenery at that Glāžšķūnis junction nor looks or feels like Latvia, more like some new S road opened in Poland.
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I heard in LVC interview there are no left turns on this new road.. oh well.
That was a special consideration for Derek Zoolander.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 06:29 PM   #1675
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Interchange with P32 isn't finished yet. They were having problems with the land owner, but recently some land was bought for P80/E22, I guess that it's this one. You can also see in the picture, that on the other side of P80, top edge of the road looks a little bit odd.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 12:03 PM   #1676
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I see. Interesting politics here, judging by the perspective exit ramps marked with a red circle in the image below, I imagine roads will go through small dense forest marked in gray lines, while on the other side of P32 there is already cutted forest and field with less trees, where pretty much environment is ruined.

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Old May 22nd, 2014, 01:46 PM   #1677
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Hmm, i'm not much of an expert here, but all interchanges on P80 use more or less the same design, the layout varies depending on the location. I think it might have something to with the planned widening in future, that would explain why your suggestion wasn't used.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 04:37 PM   #1678
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P87 (Bauska-Aizkraukle). During reconstruction, the road was widened, street lights, cyclist and pedestrian paths were also built.



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Old May 29th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #1679
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A3 (Inčukalns- Valmiera-Valka-EST) 48,5-60,2km reconstruction has started. Project includes reconstruction of asphalt surface, rebuilding and arranging of exits, public transport stops , ditches and culverts. Works will be finished by the end of 2014, and total cost of the project is 5.18 million EUR.
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Speed limit on these roads are now raised to 100km/h.
  • A1 Saulkrasti bypass and Jelgavkrasti-Svētciems
  • A6 Nīcgale-Daugavpils bypass
  • A8 Rīga-Ozolnieki
  • A12 Jēkabpils-Ludza
  • P80 Tīnuži-Koknese
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