Funding sinks for a ships’ tunnel

More than 100 years of hopes and plans for a unique tunnel for ships off Norway’s West Coast are now desperately treading water. No funding at all was allocated for the project in the conservative government’s state budget proposal for next year. The long-discussed tunnel would allow fishing boats and other vessels to avoid sailing […]

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 […]

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, […]

Fatal accident closes tunnel indefinitely

The long tunnel under the Oslo Fjord that connects Drøbak and Hurum was closed indefinitely this week after a large truck collided head-on with a car on Wednesday. The driver of the car, a woman, was killed instantly. Police remained unsure of the sequence of events, but said the car collided with the truck’s trailer. […]

Tunnel fire blocks key road in southern Oslo

Around 60 people were evacuated Friday morning from a tunnel being used in connection with construction of the new Follobane train line south of Oslo, after fire broke out in a tank truck inside the tunnel. The fire forced closure of Mosseveien, a main artery leading in and out of Oslo from the south. State broadcaster […]

Fire forces closure of the Oslofjordtunnel

Yet another tunnel fire broke out over the weekend, this one in the long and deep tunnel running under the Oslo Fjord between Drøbak and Hurum. The heat was so intense that it badly damaged the tunnel, resulting in a need for major repairs. The fire began once again in a heavy truck that was […]

New tunnel fire fuels safety concerns

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen was himself only a few kilometers away from the Fjærlands Tunnel in Western Norway Monday night when a maintenance truck that was cleaning its interior burst into flames. Solvik-Olsen admitted that the resulting fire inside the tunnel “reminds us how vulnerable we are,” but he insisted the government was taking tunnel […]

Another ‘russ’ critically injured

From the “worst ‘russ’ season ever” to the “one of the worst things that can happen:” A 19-year-old partying high school student known as a russ was critically injured during the night in an accident that has strengthened calls to ban the spring russ season altogether. The young man was clinging to life in a Bergen […]

Main mountain highway’s tunnel set to reopen

The Gudvanga Tunnel on the main E16 highway connecting Oslo and Bergen is expected to reopen to ordinary traffic early next week. It was forced to close, in the height of the tourist season, after a tour bus caught fire in the tunnel earlier this month. The fire caused extensive damage and left five people injured. […]

E16 still closed at burned-out tunnel

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country E16 highway, the main route between Oslo and Bergen, remains blocked midway after a Swedish tour bus caught fire inside its lengthy tunnel running between Gudvangen and Flåm/Aurdal. A bigger ferry may help motorists get around the roadblock, but state highway authorities are recommending alternative routes after announcing that the highway was likely […]