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New highway to cross Riga from east to west

By Anatol Steven. 17.02.2014

EU-supported studies start for alternative transport corridor

A highway crossing Riga from east to west, but bypassing the city’s historic center, has been revealed as a key European Commission transport project.

The Riga Northern Transport Corridor, or simply Northern Corridor, has a planned length of around 30 kilometers. The total cost of a series of pre-construction studies is over €3 million, half of the sum being covered by the European Union.

The studies, selected under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Program, specifically concern detailed design needed ahead of the construction in 2016 of a 9.1 km stretch of the corridor, or Segment 1.

Also known as “Brivibas dublieris” or “alternative to Brivibas Street”, Segment 1 will start at the E-67 at Bergi, curl around the southern edge of Ķīšezers Lake and end at Gustava Zemgala Street. The approximate length of this segment is 9.1 kilometres.

Eventually, the Northern Corridor will go further westwards to meet the Freeport of Riga and, via a bridge across the Daugava River, in the west it will connect with the Riga bypass and, ultimately, the E22 motorway. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The commission says that the corridor “will create a robust alternative for transit traffic by diverting road traffic from of Riga’s old town, improving the local environmental conditions and, by enabling access to the port of Riga, enhancing multimodal transport”.