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Resurfacing 920 km of roads yearly to keep roads in good condition

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Ivars Paze

In order to maintain asphalted surfaces in good condition, the annual regulatory resurfacing programmes should cover around 920 kilometres of roads, additionally reconstructing approximately 190 kilometres of road surfaces each year, indicates Ivars Pāže, Chairman of the Latvian State Roads Board.

The asphalt pavement reconstruction work deficit has mounted to 2 859 billion lats, while for gravel surfaces – 1 663 billion lats, Pāže emphasizes.

In January 2011, the Transport Ministry managed 20 150 kilometres of state roads, of which 8 320 or 41% had black cover, while 11 830 kilometres or 59% – gravel cover.

Moreover, 25% or 2 069 kilometres of motor roads with black cover are classified as collapsed and in need of a complete reconstruction.

Among main roads, 17% are in very good condition, 15% – in good condition, 21% are of satisfactory condition, 30% – of poor and 17% – of very poor condition. While in terms of regional roads, 7% are in very good condition, 15% – in good, 23% – of satisfactory, 23% – of poor and 32% of very poor condition.

38% or 4 551 km of roads with gravel surface are classified as collapsed, requiring a complete reconstruction of the cover.

Regarding regional roads, 12% are in good condition, 48% of satisfactory condition and 40% – of poor condition. While among local roads, 10% are in good condition, 52% of satisfactory and 38% of poor condition.

Depending on traffic, a properly constructed asphalt cover will serve well in the first eight to ten years. However during this time, the cover undergoes permanent deformation, resulting in surface corrosion. Also, the cover wears out, with cracks and defects appearing, says the representative of the Latvian State Roads.

It is economically viable to restore the asphalt-concrete surface when these defects have not become a massive problem. Also the average durability of coverage does not exceed 12 years. In this case, the asphalt-concrete resurfacing costs are the lowest.

Binders, depreciation period, quality of previously carried out construction works and damages caused by the traffic intensity can be the causes of road surface deterioration, Paže specifies.


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  1. ACA says:

    They should start giving all road works to professional foreign companies as Latvian constructors clearly seem not to be able to maintain roads nor build roads which lasts even more than 4 years.

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