The Municipality of Riga plans to take over the cleaning of sidewalks in winter / Article

The sidewalks in Rīga in winter often look like a patchwork: where one has perfectly cleared the sidewalk adjacent to his house, another has not done so at all. Therefore, the municipality plans to resume work. The change of order would take the next three years.

“We will develop this service so that the machines are equipped with cameras so that we can check the quality, Rīga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis said. The work is scheduled to be done overnight so that the sidewalks are cleared in the morning.

A gradual transition to centralized sidewalk clearing will begin this winter season with the historic center and its protection zone. This area is first selected because the city center has a large number of cultural and educational establishments and government and local services.

It is estimated that cleaning all sidewalks adjacent to city streets in winter will cost the municipality around 3.2 million euros per year. The rest of the time, the owners will have to keep the sidewalks clean in the same way as before, in particular by collecting leaves and litter.

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