A contractor has been appointed for the E10/rv. 85 Tjeldsund-Gullesfjordbotn-Langvassbukt road project in northern Norway. The contractor, a Swedish construction company dubbed Skanska was selected by Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA).
Skanska will be responsible for this project’s road design, construction, operations, and maintenance for 15 years after it is finished. According to NPRA, the total cost of the construction contract will be NKr11.3 billion ($1.063 billion). The operation and maintenance contract will cost NKr1.0 billion ($94.09 million).
The company plans to register the contract in this year’s second quarter.
Scope of the E10/rv. 85 Tjeldsund-Gullesfjordbotn-Langvassbukt road project in Norway
The project calls for the construction and upkeep of 22 bridges, seven tunnels, and 82 km of new and improved roads. The E10/rv. 85 project additionally serves as a test bed for NPRA’s environmental protection initiatives.
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Preparatory work for the road project which will be carried out on a public-private partnership (PPP) model, is scheduled to start later this year. Five and a half years will be spent on the construction stage.
The highway is a part of the transportation network connecting Lofoten with the E6 and Vesterlen Harstad/Narvik Airport. Upon completion, it will reduce travel time and distance by about 40 minutes and 30 kilometers. The project will also increase road safety.
Skanska is a multinational construction and development company based in Sweden. It is a significant global player in the construction industry. Renovation of the UN building, the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub project, Moynihan Train Hall, 30 St Mary Axe, MetLife Stadium, and Mater Dei Hospital are notable Skanska projects.