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Riga Council opts for 30 million lats more expensive magistral road

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Riga Council has approved construction of a high-speed magistral road , which, according to the current estimates, is to cost the most, compared to other two equal variants – it is going to be 30 million lats more expensive than the cheapest of them.

According to calculations after 2009 prices – VAT excluded, the first option would cost 148.6 million lats, the second – 169 million lats, while «a» version of the second project – 140.3 million lats. Yet another variant was recognized not efficient enough. Last week, Riga City Council opted for the project worth 169 million lats, reports Neatkarīgā.

Northern Transport Corridor provides construction of a 30 kilometers long high-speed magistral road diverting traffic flow from the historical city center, crossing the river Daugava and running further outside Riga. The project has been subdivided into four segments, because Riga Council has not enough funds to carry out the huge one billion project all at once.

If the city succeeds in attracting EU financial instrument – Cohesion fund money, the first segment of the project – «Brivibas Dublieris» (the alternate of Brīvības street) might be started off in 2013, according to Riga Council City Development Department public relations specialist Marija Ābeltiņa.

Opponents of the project point out none of the projects was supported by the majority, but still Riga Council members opted for the most expensive one. They stress it seems Riga Council is choosing the most costly variant on purpose. Abeltina, in turn, explains this was a compromise agreed upon by all the involved parties, because Riga residents objected to one of the options, while the residents of Babite to another, because the road would run near private houses.


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  1. Ren says:

    Well, maybe those other projects lacked something…

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