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Costs for fitting the Riga cable-stayed bridge with barbed wire could exceed 5 000 LVL

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To prevent any attempts to climb the cables of the Riga cable-stayed bridge (Vanšu Bridge, lat – Vanšu tilts) it was decided for cover the foundation of the bridge’s cables with barbed wire. In addition to that, two guards will be stationed on the bridge at night for additional security. The wires themselves have already cost around 700 LVL, but the works to install the wires on the cables will cost five thousand LVL in total for each end of the bridge. The work on the installation of barbed wires around the foundation of the cables is set to commence on the night on Thursday, July 26.

The aforementioned barbed wire will not be the kind that is easily purchased at Latvian household shops – this particular barbed wire was purchased in Germany. «We will use specialized barbed wire used in various treatment facilities; with razor like spikes, which cannot be overcome without special experience and equipment,»- Acting Director of the Riga City Council Traffic Department Agris Uplejs said in an interview to Diena (Day) newspaper.

Chairman of Riga City Council, Nils Ušakovs, admits that barbed wire will not be a visually pleasant solution, but all other ideas have been declined – mountain climbers said that some of those ideas would not scare off daredevils; engineers said the bridges construction does not allow the implementation of other ideas. «The only thing that remained, was the old, effective and ugly solution,»- Ušakovs said.

In addition to the ugly solution, guards will be posted on both ends of the bridge to prevent any other attempts. But Ušakovs said that it does not fully guarantee that no one will try to climb the bridge even with these measures in place, saying that «any bank can be robbed».

Current regulations regarding attempts to climb the bridge’s cables are classified as vandalism, which can be punished with up to two years in prison or a fine of up to 10 000 LVL. Nevertheless, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns ordered his subordinates to evaluate whether stricter punishments can be employed in these cases.

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