In Latvia Today, 15:59 Eight sections of highways are flooded and closed in Latgale

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Due to the rising water level, nine sections of local highways in the national road network have been flooded and closed to traffic, eight of them are in Latgale, one is in Vidzeme, the State Roads of Latvia informs.

Floods in the Upper Daugava region, Viški
Floods in the Upper Daugava region, Viški Photo: Upper Daugava County Council

Due to the rising water level, nine sections of local highways in the national road network have been flooded and closed to traffic, eight of them are in Latgale, one is in Vidzeme, the State Roads of Latvia informs.

In the Upper Daugava (former Daugavpils) district, the following are closed:

  • sections 7.65-8.0 of the local road Ilūkste–Rubaniški–Daugavpils (V711). km and 14.45-14.75. km. The closed sections can be bypassed by the Daugavpils bypass (A14) and the regional highway Svente–Lithuanian border (Subate) (P70);

  • section 3.3 of the local road Bebrene–Zariņi–Dviete (V710). per kilometer, driving along the roads Ilūkste (Virsaiši)–Bebrene–Birži (P72) and Jēkabpils–Dignāja–Ilūkste (V783);
  • section 0.82 of the local road Rubaniški–Svente–Charlotte (V698). per kilometer, going around the Daugavpils bypass (A14);
  • section of the local road Ilūkste–Pārceltuve (V718) near Pristaines (km 2.8), there is no bypass road.

In the Krāslava region – the section of the Dagda–Andzeļi–Ezernieki road (V616) from 17.56. until 17.65. km, detour on the Ezernieki–Patmalnieki highway (V608) through Andžanii and the Rēzekne–Dagda highway (P55).

In the Ludza district – Kušneri-Plaudiši highway (V535) in the section from 5.30. to 5.70. km, it is possible to bypass the closed section on municipal roads.

In the Jēkabpils region – the section of the Jēkabpils–Dignāja–Ilūkste local road (V783) near the “Dvietes dumbrāji” nature reserve. The closed section can be bypassed by the Ilūkste (Virsaiši)–Bebrene–Birži P72 and Rubeņi–Danube (V801) roads.

On the other hand, in the Smiltene region, the section of the local road Branti–Pieniņi–Lankalne (V251) is closed at the 9th kilometer, detours are possible on the local roads Ķieľeļceplis–Lizdole (V267) and Lembis–Drusti (V235).

Current information on the closed sections is available on the driving conditions map on the website of VSIA Latvian State Roads here.

As the thaw continues, vehicle weight restrictions are currently in place on 794 sections of the state’s gravel roads due to the spring thaw. Still the most sections with restrictions remain in the vicinity of Cēsis, where transport mass restrictions are set on 109 road sections. Restrictions have been introduced in 66 sections of gravel roads in Madona county, 56 in Jēkabpils county, 46 in Aizkraukle county.

The restrictions are determined by evaluating the actual condition of each road and its carrying capacity, so the number of sections where they are relevant can change from day to day. A map with sections where restrictions are set can be found here.

Drivers must be especially careful when choosing a speed appropriate to the condition of the road surface and keeping a safe distance from the vehicles in front.

Flooded sections of roads or other observations related to traffic and road conditions should be reported to VSIA Latvian State Roads by calling the 24-hour free information phone number 80005555, as well as on the company’s accounts on social networks Twitter and Facebook.

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