Speed traps halted hundreds

Norwegian police warned they’d be setting up speed controls all over the country this week, but not everyone got the message. A total of 799 drivers were stopped and fined on the spot after being caught exceeding the speed limit. “This is a high number,” Roar Skjelbred Larsen of the state highway patrol told Norwegian […]

Transport minister meets ‘train wreck’

Ketil Solvik-Olsen has long been one of the conservative government’s most popular ministers, but he’s suddenly meeting the proverbial train wreck. Not only does a train strike loom this week, major plans and funding for train and road improvements reportedly are about to derail. The affable Olsen has been on the defensive since newspaper Aftenposten […]

65 tunnels to close at night

Highway officials were warning of traffic disruptions in Western Norway when around 65 tunnels will be closed at night over the next several years for required upgrades. Several are on some of the most heavily trafficked roads around Bergen, including the E16 and E39 highways. “This will cause some great challenges for motorists,” Helge Eidsnes, […]

Warnings up for slippery streets

UPDATED: Public transport was recommended as the best alternative where available on Wednesday: Exceptionally hazardous driving conditions caused by rain freezing on roads made them “slippery as soap,” while pedestrians were also urged to be careful on slick sidewalks. State meteorologists issued a new batch of warnings on Tuesday that were reinforced on Wednesday, as […]

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 […]