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Driving under the fjords

The world’s longest subsea road tunnel in numbers

Driving under the fjords

The fjords of Norway are beautiful. But they are hindering efficient transportation. Now, the world’s longest and deepest subsea road tunnel will speed things up along the West Coast of Norway.

The high mountains and the narrow inlets, also known as fjords, are Norwegian trademarks. The beautiful landscape along the West Coast of Norway attracts tourists from far and wide.
But for the population, nature can also be hindering. A drive from Trondheim in the north to the southern city of Kristiansand takes a painful 21 hours and requires seven ferry crossings. Now, Norway hopes to cut this drive down to 11 hours by building bridges and tunnels to help travelers across the fjords. The Coastal Highway Route E39 Project is the biggest infrastructure mission in modern Norwegian history and it will all start with a tunnel construction that in itself is a modern-day marvel. The Rogfast tunnel will become the world’s longest and deepest subsea road tunnel.

Here is the tunnel project at a glance:

A tunnel rig

23th of May 2017
The date when the Norwegian Parliament approved the project.

E39 Rogfast
The official name of the subsea road tunnel which will cross Boknafjorden and Kvitsøyfjorden.

2018
The year when the construction of the two transportation tunnels which will support the main project started. Location: Arsvågen, Norway.

2025 or 2026
The year when the Rogfast tunnel is scheduled to open for traffic.

16.8 billion 
The estimated cost for the tunnel construction, in Norwegian kroner. (1.9 billion USD)

27
The length of the Rogfast tunnel, in kilometers. 

392
The maximum depth of the Rogfast tunnel, in meters.

10.5
The diameter of the two tunnel tubes. Each will carry two lanes of traffic.

350 
The toll fee, in Norwegian kroner, for light vehicles to pass through the tunnel.

21 vs 11
Number of hours a ride from Trondheim to Kristiansand requires today, versus the time that the same route will take in the future, when the complete Coastal Highway Route E39 Project is finalized.

Driving under the fjords

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