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Old February 25th, 2007, 09:48 PM   #41
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Norway, home of pork barreling

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen)http://www.vegvesen.no/servlet/Satel...tename=engelsk is responsible for planning, building and up keeping of national roads in Norway. The net pages describing the different road projects are only in Norwegian.http://www.vegvesen.no/servlet/Satel...holdMal&c=Page A resent study showed that Norway uses just as much on road construction as Sweden and Denmark, but the decision-making is quite different. In Norway almost all such decisions are some sort of pork barrelling (done in the parliament, versa Sweden and Denmark to a larger distinct trust upon the departments of transportation and/or road authorities).
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Old February 26th, 2007, 12:06 AM   #42
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Nice compilation of pix! What's the total length of Norwegian motorways (precisely, if possible)?
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Old February 26th, 2007, 12:08 PM   #43
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Norway has of today around 270km of motorways

Norway has of today around 270km of motorways. It is very popular to complain about the state of Norwegian roads and the phase of new building, but there is little or none effort done to change the decision-making process which is the main reason of the way recourses are distributed to infrastructure investments.
Concerning the highways connecting Oslo and Bergen (E16/R7), will this be a rather silly place to start. Some parts are her of pore condition, but work/planning fore these parts are under way. But the need of a motorway all the way is greatly overestimated by some populists and ill-informed pressures groups. The road traffic between Oslo and Bergen are extremely low (under 2000 vehicles pr day). The rescores ere best spend were there in fact are severely problems. The R7 is not closed during winter (as some other even less trafficked mountain roads are) but due to the extreme weather condition over ‘Hardangervidda’ (1250m) , it might be closed for some days at the time during winter, but most often only at night (about 530 hours pr year).
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Old February 26th, 2007, 01:43 PM   #44
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^ Thanks! I knew it was more than 150 or 200 km.
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Old February 26th, 2007, 09:21 PM   #45
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4 lane motorways is under 200km long. Norway got lots of B class motorways, which are 2 lanes only, but without crossings. Those cant be counted as real motorways though.
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Old February 27th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #46
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Pick a number; 180, 270 or 664

I have seen the number 180km (2003), and I have seen 270km as of today, but neither are official numbers, of which I can’t find any. The larger number might or might not take in account all 4 lane expressways as Ring 3, Rv 4, Rv 163, Rv 190 and parts of E6 and E18 in Oslo of which none has full motorway standard. The lower number probably excludes these sections and of course those parts opened since ’03. But if you include all 2 lane expressways, the number are much higher (664km according to CIA World Fact book). Eider way, this is a way to low number, but this has more to do with pork barrelling than anything else.

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Old February 27th, 2007, 03:11 AM   #47
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There are no "B class motorways" in Norway anymore. Motorway have to have four lanes to be called motorways in Norway.
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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:31 AM   #48
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Here are some pictures of Norwegian carriageways. These are not mine, I just found them online.





This road looks exactly like a US highway






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Old August 3rd, 2007, 03:29 PM   #49
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The Norwegian motorway (4+ lanes with correct signposting) network is currently - as someone have already stated - approx. 270 kms. In addition to this, there are about 60 kms of reasonable quality limited-access mulitlane highways around some cities (Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Kristiansand). By 2010, the network will increase by about 90 kms (mainly through duelling of single-carriageway expressways). By 2015, the network will have increased by a further 200+ kms. That is if everything goes according to plan, which it rarely does up here...

In addition to this, a Swedish invention has become increasingly popular amongst the Norwegian road authorities: the narrow 4-lane road. Originally conceived as one way of widening Sweden's extensive 2-lane, 13-metre wide, road network to something resembling motorways (16 metres across with a centre guard rail), it has been introduced in Norway as a way of building motorways on the cheap.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 09:32 PM   #50
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I heard the limit on Norwegian motorways are 90 or 100 km/h (and further 80 km/h). Is it 90 and 100 when signed, or 100 and 90 when signed? Btw, why don't you raise your speed limits? With such long distances in your country it takes quite long to travel with those low limits.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 09:36 PM   #51
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Norway is very mountainous. I think you may be happy to even reach 90km/h on many stretches. Although speed limits on motorways are low. They better raise them to 120km/h.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 10:07 PM   #52
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But someone who wants to go from Oslo or Bergen to Nordkapp by car can do it? are there highways?
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 10:11 PM   #53
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There is a road to the Nordkapp yes. But don't expect motorway-like roads. The roads are very quiet, Norway is large and has only a population of 4.3 million. Especially north of Trondheim.

But the usual road from Europe to the Nordkapp is through Sweden and Finland, because that's shorter.
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Norway is very mountainous. I think you may be happy to even reach 90km/h on many stretches. Although speed limits on motorways are low. They better raise them to 120km/h.
There's been talk about raising the speed limits on some new motorways. I think the reason motorways are still limited to 90 or 100 km/h is because people aren't used to real (extra-urban) motorways and so the normal speed limits have applied there as well. Norway only has two standard speed limits, for urban roads (80) and country roads (50), while most other countries also have one for motorways. I remember when I was a kid and we drove in Sweden how exciting it was to see speed limits with three digits. The roads of course had a much better quality (and the terrain was much easier to build in) to support these limits.
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http://nexus.fizyka.amu.edu.pl/digit...-07..Norwegia/

Very cool photo's done by some Polish guy, so all credits go to him.
(taken from the Polish subforum on SSC).
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Old August 4th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #56
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It's a shame that there aren't more photos of Norwegian motorways online. Some of them is really top class!
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Old August 4th, 2007, 01:04 AM   #57
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It's a shame that there aren't more photos of Norwegian motorways online. Some of them is really top class!
I'll try to take some in October, though I'll fly there but certainly I'll have an access to the car

P.S. I used to take a ferry from Moss to Horten, my family lives in Tonsberg
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WHAT?

I currently live in Tønsberg. Weird!
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Yeah, you guys are almost family
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Old August 4th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #60
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WHAT?

I currently live in Tønsberg. Weird!
I'll be in Tønsberg from the 4th until 8th of October
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