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).”

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.

Safety

Risky business

As traffic volumes increase, efforts are required in order to improve the work environment of road workers.

Interview

Katepal on the roof

Katepal offers a wide range of products based on SBS-modified bitumen. We met up with CEO Mikko Pellinen just as the company turns 70.

Projects

PMB takes off

Skanska has been renovating large parts of the runway at Göteborg Landvetter Airport. Bitumen Matters was there to experience an intensive night of work as renovations progressed.

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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