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Old December 16th, 2014, 06:31 PM   #1861
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A9: Bridge over railway reconstruction. 38,7km

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Old December 18th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #1862
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IAnother year has passed. I have gathered a list of what's going to happen on Latvian roads in 2015.

Latvia:
  • Reconstruction works on many A road sections including: A1, A2, A3, A5, A8, A9, A10, A11, A12 & A14 in total lenght of 316 kilometers.
  • Repaving works on A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10 & A11 in total lenght of 91 kilometer.
  • Reconstruction works on many P road sections including: P5, P22, P30, P32, P62, P73, P76, P87, P97, P104, P116, P120 & P121 in total lenght of 159 kilometers.
  • Repaving works on P roads in total lenght of 145 kilometers.
  • Repaving or resurfacing works on V roads in total lenght of 240 kilometers.
  • Reconstruction of 14 bridges
  • 10 traffic safetey projects to be completed in 2015 on A2, A4, A5, A10, P1, P4, P5, P97, Va5 & V35. 6,5km of new safetey barriers also will be installed
  • Construction of P80/E22 interchange with P32.

Riga:
  • Reconstruction of Salu bridge and connecting roads, including Mūkusala roundabout.
  • Possible construction of missing Eastern highway link between Southern highway and Brīvības gatve.
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Old December 28th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #1863
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A7/A8/A10/E22 Salu bridge reconstruction.

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Old December 28th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #1864
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IAnother year has passed. I have gathered a list of what's going to happen on Latvian roads in 2015.

Latvia:
  • Reconstruction works on many A road sections including: A1, A2, A3, A5, A8, A9, A10, A11, A12 & A14 in total lenght of 316 kilometers.
  • Repaving works on A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10 & A11 in total lenght of 91 kilometer.
  • Reconstruction works on many P road sections including: P5, P22, P30, P32, P62, P73, P76, P87, P97, P104, P116, P120 & P121 in total lenght of 159 kilometers.
  • Repaving works on P roads in total lenght of 145 kilometers.
  • Repaving or resurfacing works on V roads in total lenght of 240 kilometers.
  • Reconstruction of 14 bridges
  • 10 traffic safetey projects to be completed in 2015 on A2, A4, A5, A10, P1, P4, P5, P97, Va5 & V35. 6,5km of new safetey barriers also will be installed
  • Construction of P80/E22 interchange with P32.

Riga:
  • Reconstruction of Salu bridge and connecting roads, including Mūkusala roundabout.
  • Possible construction of missing Eastern highway link between Southern highway and Brīvības gatve.
Still no motorways?
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Old December 28th, 2014, 11:08 PM   #1865
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Nope, but as said many times earlier, works on Ķekavas bypass are going ahead in full speed, and we will se real construction works in 2017. Atleast we will be ahead of Estonia. Probably.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:49 AM   #1866
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What about Riga-Sigulda reconstruction? When we will see works in that section?
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Old December 29th, 2014, 12:11 PM   #1867
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Still no motorways?
In a country with only 2 million persons, any 2x2 road, whether it meets international norms for a motorway or not, is excellent.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 12:38 PM   #1868
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What about Riga-Sigulda reconstruction? When we will see works in that section?
If what you meant is a plain reconstruction, then we will see some works here next year:
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A2: Ābelītes-Dzīvojamā māja 16. km 14,9-15,4km (0,5km), Cost: 270 000 EUR
A2: Baltezers/A1-Garkalne 15,4-25,5km (10,1km), Cost: 14 951 727 EUR, Deadline: 29th November 2015
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Old December 29th, 2014, 02:01 PM   #1869
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In a country with only 2 million persons, any 2x2 road, whether it meets international norms for a motorway or not, is excellent.
Especially if half of that million lives in or around Rīga and the other half is scattered over 64 000 sq km. The AADT is so low that only 31 kilometers of state-owned dual carriageway roads have an adequate AADT of 18 000 or more. The rest of our dual carriageways could even be 1x1.

In fact, 81% or 16 257 km of all state roads have an AADT of less than 1000.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #1870
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I hope a highway linking Helsink to Belin passing by Baltic countries is the best solution for Baltic countries mainly Latvia, it will help them to get rid of Russian imperialism. Among all Baltic countries Latvia is the most victim of Russian imperialism.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 04:57 PM   #1871
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Especially if half of that million lives in or around Rīga and the other half is scattered over 64 000 sq km. The AADT is so low that only 31 kilometers of state-owned dual carriageway roads have an adequate AADT of 18 000 or more. The rest of our dual carriageways could even be 1x1.

In fact, 81% or 16 257 km of all state roads have an AADT of less than 1000.
Dual carriegeways near Riga should be reconstructed to those Estonian-like grade seperated sections that were built in recent years (Riga-Sigulda should be something like that) and low AADT dual carriegeways should be remade to 1+1 and (or) 1+2 (e.g. Daugavpils-Nicgale)

Rural dual carriegeways should be for high-speed traffic only (no non-motorised or agricultural vehicles)

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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:50 PM   #1872
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In a country with only 2 million persons, any 2x2 road, whether it meets international norms for a motorway or not, is excellent.
To be honest I believed Latvia would start doing something with the Via Baltica E67 path ... there is where Latvians really need a true expressway or motorway.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #1873
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Opposite to the population decline, the AADT on our A roads is increasing every year, especially around Riga.

Many tehnical projects for A roads already exist (A1 Baltezeri bypass, A2 Rīga-Sigulda & Sigulda bypass, A4 expressway, A5 expressway, future A6, new southern crossing for Daugava including Iecava & Bauska bypass (future route of Via Baltica), A9 Rīga-Annenieki, A10 Rīga-Ķemeri expressway and many more if someone is intrested). The problem is financial situation, we can't build new roads while the current one's still aren't in good enough state. Luckily the situation is getting better and we are finally planning on new roads (as already reported procurement for PPP project Ķekava bypass expressway is started). The next in line is A4 and A1.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:14 PM   #1874
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I believe there won't be any 2x2 highway plans on E67 path, at least till that moment when railway project Rail Baltica is completed. When that is done, I presume most freight will carry on train traffic anyway, as well as passenger commute between Warsaw and Helsinki.

What Latvia needs to do IMO:
- Continue the improvement of A, P and V class road pavement quality;
- Eliminate all non-grade separated crossings on 2x2 & 2x3 lane highways;
- Build new highways where they are extremely needed, as an example, Ķekava bypass;
- Develop efficient highway network with potential public transport expansion in & around Riga and metro area.
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Old December 30th, 2014, 12:32 AM   #1875
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Speaking of the road quality - I and SustainableNickname have an idea that on the roads with the lowest amount of traffic, we could resurface only the middle, leaving the sides as they were. This would mean that when there are no cars in the opposite direction (i.e. almost all the time) you would drive on the smooth middle and only for passing would you use the old sides. Yes, it wouldn't be as nice as a fully new road and cause some inconvenience (although not as much as before because of the smooth ride), but we must understand that we don't have the money, nor the AADT. Our idea would mean that two times less tarmac would be used and so it would be possible to reconstruct twice as many roads with the same amount of money.

Please keep in mind that I am referring only to P and V roads with AADT less than 1000.


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Old December 30th, 2014, 01:25 AM   #1876
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That would probably create havoc on roads, not even talking about numerous laws that should be changed. It's easier to locate the money for repaving of these roads. It's not that we are so poor, it's just that the government dosen't see this as a priority.
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Old December 30th, 2014, 09:29 AM   #1877
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BriedisUnIzlietne, I've seen such roads in Lithuania. They can be good in flat terrain only. The one I saw was on rolling terrain and it was pretty uncomfortable. Before any vertical curve you have to drive partly off the paved part because it's impossible to guess if there's anybody behind the hill.
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Old December 30th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #1878
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That would probably create havoc on roads, not even talking about numerous laws that should be changed. It's easier to locate the money for repaving of these roads. It's not that we are so poor, it's just that the government dosen't see this as a priority.
What havoc? On roads this bad people already drive on the middle because it's comparably better. Remember the joke: In Britain people drive on the left, In Germany on the right side of the road while in Latvia on the best side of the road. And what laws should be changed? This would be a partial repaving like that one lane of Sigulda road which was repaved some 10 years ago.

While, yes, we could allocate more money, it still wouldn't be enough. We need 3,7 billion euros to reconstruct all the roads!

@jevpls Of course, this should be done only where it's safe - uphills, downhills, sharp curves, intersections should be fully repaved. But you wouldn't need to drive off the paved part in any case, because the old tarmac would be left. You would have to drive on the bumpy but paved part.
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Soft shoulders consistently used by a lot of traffic requires significant maintenance, or it becomes undriveable with deep potholes and rutting.
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Old December 30th, 2014, 12:04 PM   #1880
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Soft shoulders consistently used by a lot of traffic requires significant maintenance, or it becomes undriveable with deep potholes and rutting.
What soft shoulders? It would be the same hard shoulders of the old road on which we've been driving for decades already. In this case they wouldn't require as significant maintenance because they will be used considerably less.
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