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Old November 6th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #3461
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Fv. 557 Ringvei Vest, Bergen

The second phase of Fylkesvei 557, also known as the western ring road of Bergen opens to traffic on 12 November 2015. It is a motorway project to extend Fv. 557 to Rv. 555 west of Bergen. Most of the project is underground and part of the 7.2 kilometer long Knappe Tunnel. The western ring road will improve access to the southwestern part of Bergen, including the airport.

The 2. byggetrinn will open to traffic on 12 November:
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Old November 9th, 2015, 08:53 PM   #3462
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The Folkedal Tunnel opens to traffic tomorrow. It is a 1360 meter long single-tube tunnel along county road 7. It is located along a side arm of the Hardanger Fjord, southwest of Granvin. The construction cost was 274 million kroner (€ 29.4 million).

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Old November 12th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #3463
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Ringveg vest officially opened at 3 pm today!

Also: here are the alternatives for new E39 over Stord!

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Old November 19th, 2015, 08:42 PM   #3464
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0UFGgDmAaQ

Video of the new E6 between Jaktøyen and Storler south of Trondheim. As mentioned earlier in this thread, the climbing-lane north of the intersection with E39 i gone, but as for the rest it looks very good. The culvert and railroad-bridge seems wide enough for a third lane, although I don`t see that being constructed - ever. The bridge leading westbound part of E39 is also wide enough for two lanes as can be seen in the film. Thats good, and in my opinion far more important to prioritize than a grade separated intersection between E39 and the local road network, as has been debated a lot locally. Speed limit seems to be 100 km/h up to the new railroad-bridge, where the shoulders get narrower and I`m guessing it will be reduced to 80.

A sad thing with this projects, just as for some other very important projects on the national road-network close to larger cities is that it`s put in a "city-package", where the tolls are paying for a lot of other projects in the the area. E16 in Sandvika was put on hold for a year because of lack of money, and I`m guessing that`s why the grade separated intersection on E39 and the climbing lane is removed from the plans.

For the section further up to Heimdal, which will be built at the same time theres a video out from 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIN_6NBnRgQ
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Old November 19th, 2015, 11:41 PM   #3465
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Looks good. Probably not 100 km/h south of this stretch though, since it's might be a horizontal curve of 500 just north of Melhus. 20 m roads could have curves of 450 m if they were constructed between 2002 and 2008, as this one was (opened in 2005) But I might be wrong.
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Old November 20th, 2015, 01:11 AM   #3466
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Looks good. Probably not 100 km/h south of this stretch though, since it's might be a horizontal curve of 500 just north of Melhus. 20 m roads could have curves of 450 m if they were constructed between 2002 and 2008, as this one was (opened in 2005) But I might be wrong.
It would be natural to keep the 100km-strech as long as the road will be four laned, so I'm guessing they will raise the speed-limit a bit further south, as it will be natural to resign road as a motorway to the Melhus-intersection.

A slight correction :-) A minimum of 450-curves on 100 km/h-roads is accepted for all roads with a zoning-plan approved before then handbook-017 was revised in 2008. If a zoning-plan was not accepted by then, 700m would be counting, and non-finished plans would have had to be redrawn. But theres nothing wrong with resigning roads with these smalles curves to 100km/h, but they just wont be planned and then built anymore. Theres actually a road under construction in Norway today with a planned speed-limit of 100km/h that will have a 450m curve, with a 550m contra-curve.
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Old November 25th, 2015, 12:39 PM   #3467
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The Sandsfjord Bridge that opens to traffic on Friday:
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Ringvei Vest - Signposted as Motorway?

Does anyone know if this road is signposted as Motorway? What is the speed limit?

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The second phase of Fylkesvei 557, also known as the western ring road of Bergen opens to traffic on 12 November 2015. It is a motorway project to extend Fv. 557 to Rv. 555 west of Bergen. Most of the project is underground and part of the 7.2 kilometer long Knappe Tunnel. The western ring road will improve access to the southwestern part of Bergen, including the airport.

The 2. byggetrinn will open to traffic on 12 November:
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Old November 26th, 2015, 04:54 PM   #3469
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The Sandsfjord Bridge that opens to traffic on Friday:
There are projects, which I do not always understand. The 10-minute ferry connection Sand-Ropeid is replaced by a new route being 30 kilometers longer.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 06:44 PM   #3470
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Developers of Trondheimsfjordbrua expect construction start withinn two years if everything goes as planned. The bridge will be a combined floating and suspension bridge, 6700m in lenght, a 700m wide main span with 90m clearance below. The bridge is expected to have a price tag just below 1 billion euros.

http://www.fosna-folket.no/nyheter/2...r-11855515.ece

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Old November 26th, 2015, 10:36 PM   #3471
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There are projects, which I do not always understand. The 10-minute ferry connection Sand-Ropeid is replaced by a new route being 30 kilometers longer.
What about it don't you understand?
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Old November 26th, 2015, 11:16 PM   #3472
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What about it don't you understand?
About nothing. Investment cost 80 million euro, AADT 450, negative time saving.

Yes, I know that the state of Norway calculates the infrastructure investments using some cosmic math and non-euclidean geometry, which we average people just cannot understand.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 03:18 PM   #3473
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The new bridge is indeed quite a detour for east-west traffic. North-south traffic benefits more, the ferry has a half hour schedule. I'm guessing it was built mainly to improve traffic from Sauda to Stavanger. There is some kind of plant in Sauda. Sand will lose the most connectivity if the ferry is discontinued. Other places in eastern Suldal are more like spread out houses than actual villages or towns.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 04:33 PM   #3474
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Sandsfjord Bridge

Two more photos of the Sandsfjord Bridge that opened to traffic today. It has a 290 m main span and is at maximum 73 m above the water. The bridge construction cost was 236 million kroner (€ 25.6 million). (location)



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Old November 27th, 2015, 07:14 PM   #3475
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The main financial argument for building a bridge as costly as this one in such a rural area, is that it replaces a ferry-connection. When the cost and savings are calculated, they include the cost of subsidies to the ferry for a number of years.

This bridge will also make the north-eastern part of Ryfylke (traditional district) "landfast", as this region is cut off from Haugesund (and Stavanger) by fjords. When Ryfast is completed, there will be only one ferry-crossing left in mainland Ryfylke.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 10:29 PM   #3476
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Lærdal Tunnel

The Lærdal Tunnel turns 15 today. The world's longest highway tunnel (24509 m) opened on 27 November 2000.


E16 Laerdal Tunnel-2 by European Roads, on Flickr


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Old December 9th, 2015, 04:08 PM   #3477
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Government chooses "K5" alternative for Arna - Voss

The government has chosen the "K5" alternative between Arna (Bergen) and Voss.

This is combi rail and road development, like the future Ringeriksbanen and the recently completed E6/Dovrebanen along Mjøsa. It will be completed in two stages: Arna - Stanghelle and Stanghelle - Voss.

According to Statens Vegvesen and Jernbaneverket the planning process will be initiated ASAP, and they expect to "put the shovel in the ground" as soon as the double-track from Bergen to Arna is completed. It's a state plan with full support locally from all (?) local political parties, and affected municipalities, so I expect the only potential hinderance or delay for this project could be national prioritization for other projects (like E39) or technical difficulties.

Travel times for Arna - Voss will be,
train: 24 minutes (reduced from 63 min.)
road: 46 minutes (reduced from 72 min.)

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How much km are in between? I wonder as it will take 46 mins...
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Old December 9th, 2015, 04:47 PM   #3479
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I drove that segment of E16 last year. It's pretty busy out of Bergen, but traffic volumes drop substantially after each village, especially past Trengereid where County Road 7 splits off. It's a very nice road to drive in a 'cruise' mode, you can drive long distances in the highest gear without having to slow down for roundabouts, villages or traffic lights. It's one of the few stretches where I managed to get a fuel consumption of 4 L / 100 km (petrol car).

But E16 is frequently blocked due to landslides. Are there still plans for the tunnel from Bergen to Arna that will cut the distance into Bergen by half or more?
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Are there still plans for the tunnel from Bergen to Arna that will cut the distance into Bergen by half or more?
Basicly no. Until some years ago there was, but the Nygårdstangen intersection in centrail Bergen would become even more congested during rush-hour, and Bergen is having serious problems with air-pollution during winters.

Recent plans are to build a motorway east of Bergen (Fjøsanger-Indre Arna-Vågsbotn) to get the through-traffic around the city, and not having everyone coming either to norther or southern part of the city going right through the more central parts of Bergen. In my opinion, a much better solution than the old plan for the Arna tunnel.

I mean that the railroad between Arna and Bergen should still be the fastest link in from the east to reduce congestions as much as possible, as there`s no road parallell today. Building the Arna tunnel will also affect to much of the other main roads in central Bergen too, as if they were not congested enough.
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