As the construction of the Rail Baltic railway station and related infrastructure continues, as of Monday, 4 April, the traffic organization will be changed in the section of the P133 motorway before Riga Airport: the driving speed will be reduced and one part of the carriageway will be closed in one section, diverting traffic to the opposite carriageway. Access to the Airport will still be provided, but drivers will have to deal with slower traffic just before entering the Airport.
“As the Rail Baltica project develops at Riga Airport, the construction site becomes significantly larger; therefore, we encourage drivers and pedestrians to be understanding during these changes. When planning your journey to the Airport, we recommend that you take a minute longer than usual. It is possible that the change may be burdensome to someone, but please be understanding, because in the end we will all benefit from the new station terminal and the improved circular traffic flows at Riga Airport,” says Maija Baltgalve, B.S.L. Infra Member of the Infrastructure Executive Committee.
Temporary preparations that will affect traffic are planned already at the end of March, so that the construction of utilities can be carried out at the beginning of April. To reduce the impact of construction works on traffic, the works will be performed in stages. Initially, the works will take place on one side of the road, closing the road from the Airport. They will then be taken on the other side of the road, shifting traffic to the opposite carriageway. After the completion of the works on the P133 road, the pavement and the previous traffic organization will be restored. Visually, the changes are shown in the attached diagrams.
As of 30 March, the traffic organization on Biroju Street has changed from the entrance of the P2 car park to the “Sky High” hotel. The organization of traffic and pedestrian traffic will be provided on a temporary road, and it will be used until the reconstruction of this section of Biroju Street is completed this November.
At the end of April, the stop for bus 22 to the city centre will be moved to another location (for a month). The changes will not be significant and will not cause any unnecessary inconvenience to passengers. More information about the planned traffic or pedestrian restrictions during the construction of Rail Baltica project is published on https://info.railbaltica.org/lv/satiksmes-ierobezojumi#view-mode-map
According to the project, in the second half of this year it is planned to gradually redirect traffic flows along the new access roads, closing the traffic on the existing road P133 in the section from the regulated intersection with Ziemeļu Street to Riga Airport.
About B.S.L. Infra
General partnership B.S.L. Infra is the general contractor of the Rail Baltica project for the construction of a railway station and related infrastructure at Riga Airport. The joint venture consists of the Austrian company Swietelsky AG and Latvian construction companies – the road construction company SIA Binders and one of the largest construction companies in Latvia specialising in the construction of multifunctional facilities – JSC LNK Industries. The Rail Baltica project at Riga Airport will be the first high-speed rail and air hub in the Baltics. Construction work by the general partnership B.S.L. Infra is to be carried out in five successive phases by December 2025.
About the project
The first phase of work – the construction of the Rail Baltica railway station terminal, access roads and related infrastructure – will be completed by March/April 2023.
The construction is based on a project by PROSIV Sintagma (Italy), Prodex (Slovakia) and Vektors T (Latvia), the winner of an open international tender. Construction supervision shall be carried out by a joint venture consisting of SIA Forma 2 (Latvia) and Prointec S.A.U. (Spain).
81-85% of the project's funding is provided by the EU's Connecting Europe Facility, with the remainder coming from the Latvian State budget. The beneficiary of the EU support and the project promoter is the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia.
Information on Rail Baltica projects can be found on the EDZL website: https://edzl.lv/aktualitates/informacija-medijiem
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