Norway plans underwater floating roads

Engineering marvel to solve Norway’s road problems
Norway is considering an engineering marvel to help solve a pressing transport problem – the world’s first underwater floating tunnel.
Western Norway’s 1,200 fjords are stunning to look at, but a time-consuming nightmare to navigate by road. To drive from Kristiansand to Trondheim can take around 21 hours and multiple ferry crossings.
So the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is proposing floating tunnels, cutting the journey time by at least half. Two curved concrete tubes more than 1,200 metres long would be fixed 20 metres below the surface of the water.
The tubes would be attached to pontoons on the surface, with wide gaps between the pontoons to allow ships to pass
Nothing like this has ever been built before. It would cost an estimated $25 billion.
The administration is also proposing a 3,700-metre-long suspension bridge – double the length of the current world record holder. The towers at either end would stand 450 metres tall, 150 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower. The bridge would span Sognefjord, with other bridges to follow by 2035.
Business Insider / Wired / Yahoo Finance


Check Also

Norwegian, loss, Soth America, strategy, Brazil, Argentina, plan, coast, flights, aircraft

Norwegian: first Argentina, next Brazil. Genius or madness?

The Nordic low-cost carrier is embracing growth in South America as its capacity rises rapidly. But it’s also falling heavily into debt.

Norwegian, flights, routes, South America, Brazil, Argentina, low-cost, budget, Australia, Perth

Norwegian reveals more South America plans

The airline plans flights between South America and Asia, and is also in talks to launch low-cost flights in Brazil.

Norwegian, Boeing 737-800, delivery, final, MAX, aircraft, type, low-cost, long-haul, flights

Norwegian’s last 737-800 delivery as MAX era starts

The airline takes delivery of its 100th direct-buy Boeing 737-800, an aircraft type that is already being replaced.

Norwegian, loss, Soth America, strategy, Brazil, Argentina, plan, coast, flights, aircraft

Norwegian posts €30.7mn full-year loss

The negative result was influenced by global expansion, fleet renewal and other costs.

Norwegian, low-cost, Kjos, Boeing 787, Dreamliner, Airbus, A321neo LR, Singapore, Asia, Argentina, South America, plans, strategy, UK, London, speech, Shard, transatlantic, long-haul, USA, Detroit, Philadelphia

Norwegian plots global expansion

But it is putting the UK first. It makes the first low-cost long-haul flight to South America today.

Norwegian, SEPLA, union, Spain, Ialy, bases, pilots, CBA, agreement, deal, Icelandair

Norwegian, Icelandair make deals with pilots

Separate agreements are signed with a union in Iceland – and unions in Spain and Italy.