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Old January 27th, 2017, 07:15 AM   #4681
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I think E-roads (and possibly every numbered road) should be the most logical routes between their beginning and end points, instead of following weird 'C-shaped' alingments.
For example, the shortest and fastest road between Malmo and Kirkeness, is certainly not via E6.
That is, however, not the way how the current network was designed. It is not about connecting the endpoints but making kind of a grid. Because of the geography, the grid cannot be optimal.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 09:53 AM   #4682
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Besides, it cannot take into account only the endpoints. It should also pass through some other important towns.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 07:59 PM   #4683
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In most numbering systems, the termini may not be major cities. So it doesn't need to be the shortest or fastest route between both termini. In case of Norway, E6 is clearly the backbone of the road network, though some exact routings are debatable.

In case of E6, with the completion of the express road through Gudbrandsdalen, and the upcoming upgrade from Kolomoen to Moelv, it will be quite a bit more expensive to use than Rv. 3, even with the upgrade project to Elverum. Of course most people already use Rv. 3 between Oslo and Trondheim, but the increasingly high toll burden on E6 will definitely rule that one out as a good alternative, despite all the upgrades.
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Old January 28th, 2017, 01:04 PM   #4684
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Norway and Sweden always opposed to any renumbering of E4 and E6, as it would be too expensive to change all signs. Those two roads, in fact, were supposed to get odd numbers, like other N-S roads under the new system.
E6 used to go all the way from Rome to Kirkenes, but other countries changed the number.
That's just an excuse, we think the numbers are cool - they have been doing renumbering on very long highways here and no one mentions the costs of signs.

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In case of E6, with the completion of the express road through Gudbrandsdalen, and the upcoming upgrade from Kolomoen to Moelv, it will be quite a bit more expensive to use than Rv. 3, even with the upgrade project to Elverum. Of course most people already use Rv. 3 between Oslo and Trondheim, but the increasingly high toll burden on E6 will definitely rule that one out as a good alternative, despite all the upgrades.
For a while - but all tolls must come to an end
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Old January 28th, 2017, 04:25 PM   #4685
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E136

Very scenic E136 from Dombås to Åndalsnes.

It's one of the nicest non-fjord valleys I've driven through in Norway (though it's difficult to list one valley as the nicest / most scenic, it's all so great).


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E136-8 by European Roads, on Flickr


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Old January 28th, 2017, 05:43 PM   #4686
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Do they have a policy of widening 1.5-lane roads to 2-lane roads on these long-distance axes? I know sometimes it is difficult, but there are other instances where widening roads would appear to be easy.
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Old January 29th, 2017, 12:40 AM   #4687
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Stretches on national roads that is to narrow for a central line, is gradually replaced. And most of them is high on the priority list. Despite most of them having really low traffic numbers. 90 % of the probably have traffic numbers under 1500 a day.

A yellow central line has been the minimum standard for national roads since the late 80's. As of January 2014 there was about 1700 km of national road missing a central line. In the current national transport plan (NTP) that goes from 2014 and to 2023, it's planed to replace 370 km of those stretches.

A new NTP that goes from 2018 and to 2029 is being published this spring. And my guess is that it will include replacing a lot more of these stretches. Though, as always, it's really only the first four years that really counts for the NTP. Because by the end of those four years, a new NTP have been published. Most likely by a different government.
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Old January 29th, 2017, 04:44 PM   #4688
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E39 Kvivsvegen

I made a video of E39 'Kvivsvegen' from Hornindal to Volda.

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Old January 30th, 2017, 12:31 PM   #4689
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Loftesnes Bridge - Sogndal

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Old January 31st, 2017, 11:34 AM   #4690
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Bjarkøy Connection

Breakthrough has been achieved yesterday at the Bjarkøy Connection, a 3250 meter long undersea tunnel between the islands of Grytøya and Bjarkøy, north of Harstad in Troms, Northern Norway.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 07:38 PM   #4691
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That's a rather expensive fixed link for a couple of islands with a small population and no obvious connection to the main road network...
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Old February 2nd, 2017, 03:22 AM   #4692
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New road company (Nye veier)

The new private road company will be allowed to build simpler designed motorways than Statens vegvesen does. E18 Langangen - Dørdal was planned and partly regulated as a 23 m road, but will now only be 21 m. At least two E6 intersections between Kolomoen and Moelv will be simplified. The pictures beneath shows the interchanges at Moelv (1) and Brumunddal (2).

If saving money is the essential point, I guess Statens vegvesen could have done the same job, and a new company didn't need to be established with all its costs.

This...


...will end up like this


And this...


...ends up like this

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Old February 2nd, 2017, 11:50 AM   #4693
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Loftesnes Bridge - Sogndal veiing 430 tonn (del II)

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Old February 2nd, 2017, 01:37 PM   #4694
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New road company (Nye veier)

The new private road company will be allowed to build simpler designed motorways than Statens vegvesen does. E18 Langangen - Dørdal was planned and partly regulated as a 23 m road, but will now only be 21 m. At least two E6 intersections between Kolomoen and Moelv will be simplified.
It's unfortunate to build low capacity instersections in these towns, they are likely to be the bottlenecks in the region quite soon - as is the case for the intersections on E6 in Østfold, then they will have to be rebuilt again.
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E18 Varodd Bridge

PORR has been selected for the replacement of the Varodd Bridge of E18 in Kristiansand in Southern Norway.

They made the lowest bid of 542 million NOK / € 61 million to replace the 1956 suspension bridge with a new cantilevered concrete box girder bridge. There will be six lanes once the project is completed by early 2020.

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Old February 2nd, 2017, 09:46 PM   #4696
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Six lanes, two bus lanes though
The first bridge (1956) was the longest suspension bridge in Northern Europe when it opened.
And, the second bridge (1994) had the longest span for a cantilevered concrete box bridge. The new bridge will be identical, and the foundations were prepared when the first concrete bridge was built in the 90s.
Before 1956 there used to be a ferry, but there was almost "nothing" on the other side of the fjord (where the first picture is taken). The main road eastward (Rv 40, now E 18) went around the fjord.
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Old February 3rd, 2017, 12:07 AM   #4697
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Manaus, Brazil (1.8 million) has just a paved road to Venezuela and a gravel road (with a ferry across the Amazon river) to the rest of Brazil.
Anchorage, USA (0.3 million) has only a road to the rest of the continent (another road goes south, but it ends in a peninsula).
Iquitos, Peru (450.000) is the lagrest inland city with no road access to the rest of the country, except some small nearby villages.
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Old February 4th, 2017, 01:50 PM   #4698
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Fv. 63 Trollstigen

The famous 'Trollstigen' of Fylkesvei 63 south of Åndalsnes. It is one of the best-known tourist attractions in Norway.


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The inauguration of the Fredrikstad Bridge on 18 August 1957. The 824 meter long bridge spans the Glomma River with an 196 meter long arch. It is 64 meters tall.

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Old February 6th, 2017, 08:06 PM   #4700
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Rv. 77 Tjernfjellet construction start



Construction of a new 3,3 km long tunnel on Rv 77 has started. This also includes 490m new road and a new intersection with E6 on the west side of the tunnel as well as 800m of new road on the east side. The project is set out to be completed in 2019. It will make Rv77 together with Swedish Riksväg 95 (Silvervägen) more reliable as a connection between Norway and Sweden.



Visualisation of the new intersection with E6


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The current steep section that will be bypassed by the new tunnel.
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