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State helps secure Trollstigen

The Norwegian government has offered emergency funds to help make the scenic mountain road known as Trollstigen safe for motorists again next year. Local officials, however, will need to fund the rest needed to ward off more landslides.

The road best known for its hairpin turns will remain closed through this season, but is due to reopen next summer. Lots of work is needed to secure its steep mountainsides and prevent rocks and boulders from crashing down on vehicles.

The state is putting up NOK 40 million (around USD 4 million) but made it clear that local officials will need to cover additional costs. “Trollstigen is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Norway, and there’s great interest in the road both inside and outside Norway,” said Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård of the Labour Party.

It’s expected to cost at least NOK 50 million, though, to make the road safe enough to reopen. Nygård stressed that it’s also local officials’ responsibility keep the road open during the summer season. The county of Møre og Romsdal has also received around NOK 127 million to help keep other mountain roads in the area safe.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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