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Road financing to double this year

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It is planned the available road funding this year will be twice as big as in 2010, amounting to 270 million lats, the Transport Minister Uldis Augulis indicated at the press conference on road repair plans.

Last year, the state and local governments’ motor roads received 150 million lats, of which 56.6 million lats came from the European Union’s (EU) structural funds, and 93.6 million lats – from the state budget.

The Minister emphasized the increase of road resources is possible mainly due to the EU fund attraction for the Latvian road infrastructure improvement.

«Our work plan comprises both large reconstruction projects and road and street resurfacing to improve the quality of driving conditions,» underlined U. Augulis. He also noted much has been done to increase the available financial resources for roads, for instance, last year savings were attained in many purchases, allowing raising additional funds for major motor road resurfacing.

The Minister especially underlined not only the main state roads have been considered this year, but also local governments’ streets and roads. There are essential plans to increase the road safety – the Transport Ministry has approved 54 projects on transport safety improvement in 40 regions of Latvia and 8 projects in Riga. «I believe we have managed to create a good plan for the current situation,» U. Augulis said.

VAS Latvijas Valsts ceļi Board Chairman Ivars Pāže pointed out it is important to provide qualitative acquisition of the available funds. «This year, the resources for road reconstruction and building have increased considerably, so our task is not only to develop detailed work plans and establish priorities for road repair, reconstruction and maintenance, but also to closely monitor procurement procedures and ensure the quality of work, starting with the moment when the first preparation works are taking place at the potential object.»


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