E18, Norway

After two intensive years, the construction company NCC has finished asphalting the 23 km stretch of the E18 between Arendal and Tvedestrand in southern Norway.

NCC has laid 300,000 tonnes of asphalt on the new motorway to a depth of 200 mm, including a 45 mm surface course. This means that the project is probably the biggest Nordic asphalting assignment ever.

Nynas supplied all the bitumen for the project, totalling nearly 15,000 tonnes, from its depot in Drammen. Of this, around 2,500 tonnes was Nypol 86, a polymer-modified binder (PMB) with good deformation resistance.

One of the big challenges for NCC was laying such large volumes of asphalt in a relatively short period of time. But, according to District Manager Sigve Andersen, all the logistics worked really well.

“Thanks to early planning and continuous dialogue with Nynas, the haulage contractor Iveland and other parties, we have been able to ensure the successful completion of the project,” he says.

Safety

Safety first

‘Get home safely’ was the subject of this autumn's Aggregate Industries Safety Events.

Interview

Planning ahead

The civil engineering industry is pressing for a new Danish infrastructure plan. Many major projects, which will benefit both Denmark and Europe, are dependant on such a plan. Anders Hundahl explains more.

Projects

Storstrøm bridge, Denmark

The Danish State is currently building the new Storstrøm Bridge between Zealand and Falster. The bridge, which is part of the planned Fehmarn Belt link between Denmark and Germany, has a budget of approx. EUR 560 million and will open for traffic in 2022.

Talking point

Talking point: recruiting new talent

A number of initiatives are needed to attract new groups and in general to increase diversity in the industry. There is otherwise the risk of a serious skills shortage in the future.

Noted

The score for quality is lower

Roberto Crotti, World Economic Forum (WEF), on the state of the European road network.

Interview on the link between roads and competitiveness


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