Bolungarvíkurgöng

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Óshlíð Tunnel
Bolungarvíkurgöng.JPG
Southeast entrance
Overview
Location Westfjords, Iceland
Route 61
Operation
Work begun 2008
Opened 2010
Operator Vegagerðin
Traffic Automotive
Vehicles per day 800
Technical
Length 5.4 km (3.4 mi)
No. of lanes 2
Grade 2%

Bolungarvíkurgöng is a tunnel in northwestern Iceland, located in Westfjords along Route 61. It has a length of 5,156 m (16,916 ft) and opened on September 25, 2010.[1]

One of the main objectives of building the tunnel was to replace one of Iceland’s most dangerous roads which connected two of the largest towns in the area, Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, and thereby improving road safety. The old road lies along the seashore under the steep and unstable mountain hills of Óshlíd. Other objectives include improved road connections and reduced travel times so the distance between Ísafjordur and Bolungarvík will be similar as between districts in a city. The tunnel was opened for traffic on July 15, 2010.

Bolungarvik Tunnel details:[2]

  • Tunnel length: 5,3 km
  • Cross section of the tunnel: 54 m2
  • Maximum width of the tunnel: 8,7 m
  • Two-lane highway
  • Number of emergency lay-bys: 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bolungarvíkurgöng opnuð". Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Mannvit, engineering firm -"Bolungarvik Road Tunnel". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 

Coordinates: 66°07′50″N 23°10′02″W / 66.13056°N 23.16722°W / 66.13056; -23.16722