Norway's new super bridge

The Hålogaland bridge is located 300 km north of the Arctic Circle, and crosses a fjord by the city of Narvik in northern Norway.

 With a free span of 1 145 m the bridge will be one of the longest suspension bridges in Europe when it opens for traffic in the summer of 2018.

With a total length of 1 533 m and an 18 m wide road, this superbridge will need a considerable amount of special asphalt. The paving of the bridge, which starts this spring, will be performed in two separate contracts. One for the two viaducts with a total length of 400 m, which have a concrete surface, and another contract for the road on the suspension span, which is made of steel.

“Here we required two very different recipes and performance methods,” says Erik Sundet from the consultancy company Cowi. “For the concrete surface we need two layers of PMB A34 (80 mm), while the steel surface requires the use of a water-resistant membrane (80 mm).”

Sustainable Development

Effective solution for reduced maintenance

All municipalities have at least one section of road that constantly requires maintenance, surfaces that can never be satisfactorily repaired and are always on the waiting list for new measures. One such example is the junction of Pilsworth Road and Moss Hall Road in the English town of Rochdale.

Interview

Bitumen key to smart roads

Leading an ambitious research programme, Nicolas Hautière of IFSTTAR is eager to demonstrate the viability of future fifth generation roads.

Projects

New roads in Norway

From this spring until October 2019, NCC will be laying no less than 300 000 tonnes of asphalt on a new section of motorway along the south-eastern coast of Norway.

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