E18 highway victory sets off new fights

After decades of political quarreling, construction is finally cleared to start on expansion of the heavily trafficked E18 highway west of Oslo. A decision by the local Viken County council to guarantee financial support set off new political battles, however, also within the Labour Party. Viken leader Tonje Brenna ended up sacrificing her Labour-led council […]

Political quarrels stall highway project

Officials from the state, the city of Oslo and the huge new county of Viken have given up on any agreement over expansion and improvements to the main E18 highway west of the Norwegian capital. No one seems to know what will happen now. Financing for the project, which has grown considerably in size and […]

Rockslide shocks highway officials

A brand-new stretch of Norway’s highly trafficked E18 highway around Larvik was hailed as the “project of the year” when it was completed just last year. Several tons of rock and boulders ended up crashing down on its southbound lanes heading into the weekend, and officials claim they’ll “turn every stone” until they find out […]

Camera snaps speedsters off the road

When Norwegian police and road authorities set up a new speed camera inside an Oslo tunnel last weekend, they expected that some motorists would get caught for driving too fast. They were stunned when around 2,700 were snapped and cited for exceeding the 70kph (40mph) speed limit. “We also thought some might lose their driver’s […]

Road tolls threaten the government

It couldn’t have been the happiest of birthdays for Progress Party leader and Finance Minister Siv Jensen, who turned 50 on Saturday. Not only has she had to deal with a string of errant party colleagues in government, now she faces a road toll rebellion that may collide head on with her government colleagues and […]

Highway workers may lose their jobs

Fully 1,650 jobs at Norway’s state highway department (Statens vegvesen) may disappear as a result of cost cuts. A total of 7,824 people work in the department nationwide at present. At stake is a forced reorganization aimed at cutting NOK 1.7 billion from the budget. It would affect 20 percent of the highway department’s staff. […]

108 people killed on Norwegian roads last year

State highway officials reported that fatal accidents on Norwegian roads rose slightly last year, but the total remained much lower than in the 1970s despite the country’s large increase in population. Police credit better roads and safer vehicles. They still contend that the 108 people killed in car accidents in 2018 are 108 too many. […]

Tunnel visions from around the country

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway is famous for its creative and extensive use of tunnels to get over, under and around impediments like mountains and fjords. They come in all shapes and sizes and are also used to preserve farmland on top of them or get across town by driving under it. After a week heavy on […]

No relief soon for ‘Norway’s worst road’

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has been asking its audience to send in candidates for “Norway’s worst road.” The decision was announced during the weekend, but weary motorists who need to use it can’t expect any relief soon. The dubious distinction of being the worst road in the county went to a stretch of the E16 highway, […]

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 […]