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.

Projects

Sokndal, Norway

The recently opened Motorcenter Norway offers everything from go-carting to drag racing. Nynas was involved in the project by supplying Nypol HF 105, a polymer-modified bitumen ideal for pavements that are subjected to high stresses.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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