Strabag has been selected as main contractor to build a section of European Route E16, an important link between the Norwegian capital of Oslo and the country’s second largest city of Bergen. This is the first construction contract carried out by Strabag in Norway as sole contractor.
The Øye-Eidsbru section, located about midway between Oslo and Bergen, comprises the new construction of 4.5km of main road and 2.1km of side roads. A 1,970m long tunnel, to be built through conventional blasting, forms the heart of the project.
This section of the E16 lies in a mountainous area known as Filefjell (peak elevation 1,920m). The road will pass its highest point here at 1,013m above sea level. Temperatures in the area can reach -25°C in the winter and massive snowfall is a common occurrence. “After the Ulriken Rail Tunnel, we are happy to be realising another interesting infrastructure project in Norway,” says Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE.