Norway’s Floating Highway- A Bridge Too Far?

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Home to the mountains, the tundra and the fjords, Norway, with a population of 5.4 million inhabitants, is one of Earth’s finest natural wonders. The country is a tourist magnet for those wanting to visit the country’s landscapes, witness the midnight sun and/or Auroras and experience its cold, sea climate, something you cannot find in other regions in Europe. While Norway has a wide network of roads and bridges spanning rivers and fjords and connecting villages, most of the area are only accessible via ferries and cruise ships because of the treacherous landscapes and the weather patterns that are unpredictable.

To reduce the amount of time it takes to go from the southern tip of the country to the northern part, the Norwegian government has introduced a massive project of its own. It’s known as the “Floating Highway,” but it’s basically a system of tunnels and bridges going through its landscape and connecting Trondheim in the north to Kristiansand (west of Oslo) to the south. Known as the “New E39 Project,” it was launched in 2018 and is expected to be completed before 2040 at a cost of $47 billion.

Despite this, there are growing concerns about this project, because of increasing high costs and (because of the current crisis in Europe) lack of materials needed for the project. Mainly three questions come to mind:

  1. Is this project feasible or if it is “a bridge too far?”
  2. Who will benefit from this project when it is completed?
  3. Will this project be an engineering achievement or a disaster that should have been averted?

A documentary on this project can be found below. Watch the documentary and feel free to comment on it, either here in the Chronicles or in its social media pages. Enjoy the film and looking forward to your comments. 🙂

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