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Old October 16th, 2015, 05:09 PM   #3441
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See the Hålogaland Bridge rise:

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Old October 16th, 2015, 05:57 PM   #3442
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIWtdfv3zqk

Animation of the southern 10 kilometers of the new E18 between Arendal and Tvedestrand. Preparatory works as tree-felling, building of constrution-roads and a culvert has already began. Main tenders is scheduled to be out right after new year.

When this section, and Rugtvedt-Dørdal (also scheduled for construction-start next year) is finished, all the "slow" sections on E18 between Oslo and Kristiansand has been eliminated. Looking forward to it!
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Old October 16th, 2015, 07:24 PM   #3443
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIWtdfv3zqk

Animation of the southern 10 kilometers of the new E18 between Arendal and Tvedestrand. Preparatory works as tree-felling, building of constrution-roads and a culvert has already began. Main tenders is scheduled to be out right after new year.

When this section, and Rugtvedt-Dørdal (also scheduled for construction-start next year) is finished, all the "slow" sections on E18 between Oslo and Kristiansand has been eliminated. Looking forward to it!
Good point but the sections between Langangen - Rugtvedt and Dørdal - Tvedestrand are almost exclusively 1+1 and substandard in my opinion so there is still a long way to go!
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Old October 16th, 2015, 07:49 PM   #3444
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Good point but the sections between Langangen - Rugtvedt and Dørdal - Tvedestrand are almost exclusively 1+1 and substandard in my opinion so there is still a long way to go!
But the speed limit is even, the geometry is mostly good, so you normally can hold the speed signposted with normal traffic at those sections

My guess is that by ca. 2025 Langangen-Dørdal, Akland-Tvedestrand and Arendal-Grimstad is also rebuilt as motorways. Dørdal-Akland I´m guessing will be 1+1/2+1 with central crash barrier for a long time.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 07:12 PM   #3445
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Information video about the new stretch of E18 between Ørje and the Swedish border:



The stretch has been under construction since june 2015, and will be opened for traffic third quarter of 2017.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 07:29 PM   #3446
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Information video about the new stretch of E18 between Ørje and the Swedish border:



The stretch has been under construction since june 2015, and will be opened for traffic third quarter of 2017.
This road is unfortunately being built as a 1+1 road with a very much sub-standard section through the village of Ørje (60km/h speed limit).

It's a classic example of poor planning - particularly as the rest of the E18 project further westwards is being built to a motorway standard. Very sad indeed!!!
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:39 PM   #3447
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The video says 70km/h though?

Looks like a fairly poor solution through the village. But otherwise I think it's a good solution. The traffic levels over the border are nowhere near to defend a full 2+2 motorway.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:53 PM   #3448
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http://www.vest24.no/nyheter/samferd...t/s/5-82-30997

Local authorities at Stord want to downgrade the E39 through Stord. Luckily it's a state plan, so they can't veto anything. This huge project is not mainly built for the people of Stord, but to improve the connection between Bergen and Stavanger. To achieve 2 hours travel time, so buses can compete with aviation, it has to be of the highest standard. I would prefer a high speed rail, but that will never happen, as things are looking now.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 05:14 PM   #3449
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http://www.vest24.no/nyheter/samferd...t/s/5-82-30997

Local authorities at Stord want to downgrade the E39 through Stord. Luckily it's a state plan, so they can't veto anything. This huge project is not mainly built for the people of Stord, but to improve the connection between Bergen and Stavanger. To achieve 2 hours travel time, so buses can compete with aviation, it has to be of the highest standard. I would prefer a high speed rail, but that will never happen, as things are looking now.
These clueless politicians clearly defines what is wrong with infrastructure planning in Norway. The amendments they propose have no connection with the real world and they would, if they were to be carried out, cripple the entire project basically rendering it pointless to build. Subsequently, it will be a huge waste of money, when one has to come back to rebuild the entire road in 10-15 years.
Either keep the existing road, build a motorway or high speed rail.

Trying to do something in the middle, as they propose, is like trying to make a cross between a shoe and a hat.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 05:47 PM   #3450
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These clueless politicians clearly defines what is wrong with infrastructure planning in Norway. The amendments they propose have no connection with the real world and they would, if they were to be carried out, cripple the entire project basically rendering it pointless to build. Subsequently, it will be a huge waste of money, when one has to come back to rebuild the entire road in 10-15 years.
Either keep the existing road, build a motorway or high speed rail.

Trying to do something in the middle, as they propose, is like trying to make a cross between a shoe and a hat.
I totally agree and this reinforces my point about the E18 close to the Swedish border being built to a sub-standard level. I am pretty sure that the E18 section under construction will be rebuilt to motorway standard in 15 years time.

There are several examples of this political incompetence. In particular, two horrible examples are the E6 north of Sarpsborg where a 1+2 road built in 1999 was rebuilt to a 2+2/3 motorway in 2010 and E18 through Porsgrunn where a 1+1/1+2 road completed in 1996 is being considered rebuilt as a 2+2 motorway at a huge cost.


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Old October 22nd, 2015, 07:59 PM   #3451
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Old October 24th, 2015, 05:34 PM   #3452
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E136 Tresfjord Bridge

The Tresfjord Bridge opened to traffic today. It is part of E136 near Vestnes, and will eliminate the drive around Tresfjord to get to Vestnes or Ålesund. It is the sixth longest bridge in Norway at 1290 m. The bridge and nearby Vågstrand Tunnel (3665 m) are tolled.

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Old October 25th, 2015, 02:45 AM   #3453
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(Kind of the same as the post above)

Presentation video of the new Tresfjord bridge (Tresfjordbrua), which opened for traffic yesterday, October 24, 2015:



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Tresfjordbrua er en 1 290 meter lang bru over Tresfjorden mellom Remmem og Vikebukt i Vestnes kommune. Den ble åpnet 24. oktober 2015, og gjorde at Europavei 136 ble ca. 12 km kortere.

I tillegg til selve brua ble det lagt ut 700 meter sjøfylling med steinmasse fra sprenging av Vågstrandstunnelen.

Innkreving av bompenger (med automatiske bomstasjoner på Vikebukt og Våge) startet da brua var ferdigstilt.

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The Tresfjord bridge is a 1 290 meters long bridge over Tresfjorden between Remmem and Vikebukt in Vestnes municipality. It was opened October 24, 2015, and made European Route 136 about 12 km shorter.

In addition to the bridge itself, 700 meters of land reclamation was laid using rock mass from the Vågstrand tunnel.

Toll collection (with automatic toll stations at Vikebukt and Våge) began when the bridge was finished.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 04:58 PM   #3454
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The Svinesund Bridge (E6) at the Sweden-Norway border switches to all-electronic tolling on 1 November.

I think this leaves the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel (Atlanterhavstunnelen) as the lone remaining manual toll road on the Norwegian main road system?
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Old November 1st, 2015, 10:21 AM   #3455
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A new Arbeiderpartiet county-major is questioning the ferry-free E39 increase in speed limit and lanes. The new plan, approved by the politicians in June 2015 gives 4 lanes and 110km/h, but now it seems AP's major want a rematch. The old plan is with 2 lanes and 90km/h.

http://www.nrk.no/hordaland/krever-s...e39-1.12628885

Concept on the Bjørnafjorden crossing with a floating bridge.
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 10:43 PM   #3456
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A new Arbeiderpartiet county-major is questioning the ferry-free E39 increase in speed limit and lanes. The new plan, approved by the politicians in June 2015 gives 4 lanes and 110km/h, but now it seems AP's major want a rematch. The old plan is with 2 lanes and 90km/h.

http://www.nrk.no/hordaland/krever-s...e39-1.12628885

Concept on the Bjørnafjorden crossing with a floating bridge.
Of course, that is what happens when socialists take over. The state should take over the planning of the road.
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This is just noise in my opinion and shows how myopic and incompetent some local politicians are.

The Government, thankfully, decided in late 2013 that the 55km section between Os and Bokn should be planned as a 4-lane motorway with a 110km/h speed limit at a central government/national level and not at a local level as this road is of national importance.

The rationale behind managing the planning permission process at a national/central government level (i.e. Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure) is exactly to avoid NIBMYs and incompetent multiple local authorities that would no doubt slow the process down and also, in a worst case scenario, decide to build the road to a lower standard.

There are several examples of this already throughout Norway (I have already mentioned this in a previous post), most notably the E6 north of Sarpsborg and the E18 between Mysen and the Swedish border.
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Old November 5th, 2015, 03:18 AM   #3458
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There are several examples of this already throughout Norway (I have already mentioned this in a previous post), most notably the E6 north of Sarpsborg and the E18 between Mysen and the Swedish border.
Just wondering, what's wrong with E6 north of Sarpsborg?
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Old November 5th, 2015, 10:42 AM   #3459
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Just wondering, what's wrong with E6 north of Sarpsborg?
There is nothing wrong with E6 north of Sarpsborg today. My point, as mentioned in a previous point, is that the road was built as a 1+2 road in 1999 (as the politicians believed that this was sufficient for the next 50 years) and then completely rebuilt as a 2+2/3 road in 2009 at a huge additional cost.

This is a great example of incompetence when it comes to strategic road planning.
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Old November 5th, 2015, 11:41 PM   #3460
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Politicians or vegvesenet? A more recent example is Solasplitten....
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