Ventspils is a city in northwest Latvia on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It has a current population of 44,000.
Because of the insufficient number of safe pedestrian crossings, we will improve 125 of these with horizontal street signs, traffic signs and signal lights in order to provide more safety in the municipality up to 2009.
Because of inadequate pavement quality, many accidents occur daily among pedestrians and car drivers. Therefore, the municipality has decided to reduce the number of accidents by monitoring pavements and ensuring prompt reconditioning. For this, we will reconstruct pavements in order to ensure a defect-free pavement of approximately 62,000 square meters, 6.2 % of total pavements, starting at the beginning of 2008 and concluding at the end of 2010, including the cooperation of construction companies.
Because of insufficient and inadequate traffic organisation equipment, such as signal lights and traffic signs, which are vital for secure driving in the city, we will replace all signal lights with LED sections and set up new control panels. Our objective is to reconstruct 19 street crossings with 260 signal light sections by 2008.
Many accidents occur because of insufficient street lighting on neighbourhood roads. In order to deal with this problem, we will make investments to increase the number of properly lit streets to 95% of the total amount of streets over the next three years.