Drammen Bridge

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Drammen Bridge
The bridge in summer 2006.
Coordinates 59°44′15″N 10°13′15″E / 59.73750°N 10.22083°E / 59.73750; 10.22083Coordinates: 59°44′15″N 10°13′15″E / 59.73750°N 10.22083°E / 59.73750; 10.22083
Carries Four lanes on European route E18
Total length 1892 metres
Longest span 60 metres
No. of spans 41
Clearance above 11 metres
Clearance below 11 metres
Opened 1975 / 2005

The Drammen Bridge (Norwegian: Drammensbrua) is a motorway box girder bridge that crosses Drammenselva river in the town of Drammen in Norway. It is the longest road bridge in Norway, 1,892 metres (6,207 ft) long.[1] The bridge has 41 spans; the longest span is 60 metres (200 ft).[2] The maximum clearance to the water is 11 metres (36 ft).

The Drammen Bridge was opened in 1975 with two lanes. A parallel bridge was finished in 2005 with two more lanes.

The new bridge has round, slim pillars, while the old one had wide, rectangular pillars. It was decided to replace the pillars under the old bridge, with round pillars similar to the new. This work started shortly after the new bridge opened, and the bridge was closed. The replacement was finished in December, 2006.

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  1. ^ Bjaaland, Patricia Crinion; Brady, M Michael; Drabble, Belinda (1999). Living in Norway: Patricia Crinion Bjaaland's Classic Guide for New Residents. Oslo: Palamedes Press. p. 50. 
  2. ^ Selberg, Arne; Aune, Petter; Holand, Ivar (1981). Norwegian Bridge Building : A Volume Honouring Arne Selberg. Trondheim: Tapir. p. 34.