The 14th Technology Days (Teknologidagene) organised by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration take place in Trondheim on 23-27 October, with two full days devoted to a major Norwegian project - Coastal Highway Route E39.
The project aims to improve the roads and remove the seven ferry connections on the E39 between Kristiansand and Trondheim, making it possible to drive the entire distance without interruptions. In order to achieve this, work to replace all ferry connections with bridges and tunnels is now underway.
Project manager Kjersti Kvalheim Dunham says a continuous route without ferries will be of major significance for the long and narrow country, because travel time between Kristiansand and Trondheim will take half as long as before and even those travelling short distances of the route will notice a significant difference.
On 23 October, the research findings from the project will be discussed, including contract strategies in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and along the E39, findings from assessments of the social impacts of replacing ferries with fixed links. The findings from various research projects connected to the E39 project will also be discussed, including social benefits and wider economic impacts of an accessible, continuous road; new contract types, and environmentally friendly, safe and energy efficient solutions.
A full-day E39 seminar on fiord crossings, in cooperation with the Nordic Road Association (NVF) will be held on 24 October. This will include a presentation of new and innovative technological concepts for all different bridge types and experience from all major bridge projects in Denmark over the last 20 years, and the latest news on the megaproject Femern. The seminar will also provide information about the new Chinese ‘Silk Road’ of transport infrastructure linking China and its western neighbours in Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
The full programme is available on the Norwegian Public Roads Association website.