Storms close nearly all mountain roads

State highway officials were warning on Friday that any motorists attempting to drive over the mountains of Southern Norway this weekend had better have plenty of warm clothing, food and drink in their vehicles. Snowstorms had closed nearly all main highways by Friday afternoon and there were long waits for convoy escorts on the few […]

Chinese get to build new bridge

Norway’s state highway department, Statens vegvesen, has decided that a Chinese construction that submitted the lowest bid to build a bridge in Trøndelag will get the job. Local politicians initially had balked, preferring to award the contract to one of two European firms despite their higher prices. The Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) was […]

Chinese firm wins new stab at bridge

Politicians in Trøndelag have opted to show some “decency” when interpreting their bidding policy. They’re now allowing the Chinese company Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) to continue taking part in competition with two European companies to build a bridge, after the company publicly complained they were being excluded, and set off worries of new […]

‘Car Wars III,’ as Oslo strikes back

City politicians in Oslo launched their latest strike against motorists this week, part of their battle on three fronts to discourage driving. Commuters into the Norwegian capital got an expensive taste of what it now costs them to drive into Oslo during the morning and evening rush hours, with much higher tolls aimed at prodding […]

Authorities crack down on seatbelt avoidance

Bus passengers in Norway are being advised to buckle their seatbelts, especially this week when state authorities have warned they’ll be launching nationwide controls. Those found without buckled seatbelts can be hit with a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 192). Thousands have already experienced surprise inspections, like those on board a Nordfjordekspressen bus in Sogn og Fjordane […]

E18 highway expansion finally approved

Norway’s Conservatives-led government has cleared the way for long-awaited expansion of the busy E18 highway west of Oslo. After years of negotiations between neighboring Oslo and Bærum, the state removed the last obstacle that involves rezoning of land adjacent to the highway from Lysaker on the Oslo-Bærum border to Ramstadsletta in Bærum. While the City […]

Tourist boom spurs more toilet trouble

Norway has won international acclaim for its elegant roadside rest stops and stunning vista points set up along refurbished national tourist routes. The sheer numbers of tourists this summer have, however, caught local officials and visitors themselves with their pants down. The state highway department known as Statens vegvesen, which is responsible for maintaining some of the most […]

Highway officials warn against summer stress

It’s summer holiday time in Norway, and thousands have hit the road on their way to holiday homes or other destinations. They’re also likely to wind up behind motor homes, tour buses and camping vans, and highway officials don’t want that to cause accidents. “Many will think that they can just pass (larger, slower vehicles) […]

Tourist from India jailed for speeding

The father of a family from India who was on holiday in Norway last weekend is now sitting in jail in scenic Lofoten, charged with reckless driving and excessive speed on one of the archipelago’s narrow roads. He was caught driving 107kph (64mph) in a 50-zone (30mph) and police seized his driver’s license on the spot. “Completely […]

Police nab cheaters in the bus lane

Police in Oslo and Bærum have started cracking down on motorists who use the right-hand lanes of main thoroughfares that are reserved for buses, taxis and electric cars with more than one occupant. Police caught around 30 cheaters in less than an hour on the E18 highway at Sandvika. One man was actually caught with […]