Ferjefri E39 (Ferry Free E39 / Coastal Road E39)
The Norwegian Public Road Administration (Statens Vegvesen) has a long-term goal to develop the E39 as an improved and continuous Coastal Highway.
The E39 route runs along the west coast of Norway from Kristiansand in the south to Trondheim in the north, and is approximately 1100 km long. The route runs through six counties, and the cities of Stavanger, Bergen, Ålesund and Molde. Travel time today is around 21 hours, and road users need to use seven different ferry connections. The aim is to create an improved E39 without ferries, which will reduce travel time by half, whilst also reducing the length of the road by almost 50 kilometres. The reduction in travel time will be achieved by replacing ferries with bridges and tunnels, in addition to upgrading a number of road sections on land. Preliminary estimates show that the required investments and improvements will cost approximately NOK 340 billion.
The project is to help us find technological solutions that will make the fiord crossings possible. Safety aspects are also studied, in the planning phase as well as during construction and use. The project will study environmental aspects of construction, operation and maintenance, and how the constructions involved may be used to produce their own energy and possibly also contribute to charging electric vehicles along the road. Moreover, the project will contribute to the use of contract types that make implementation effective and exploit available competences.
The project is organised into seven sub-projects:
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