European route E69

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E69
Route information
Length: 111 km (69 mi)
Major junctions
From: Nordkapp (Norway)
To: Olderfjord (Norway)
Location
Countries: Norway
Highway system
International E-road network
The E 69 road at Magerøya

European route E 69 is an E-road between Olderfjord and North Cape in northern Norway. The road is 129 km (80 mi) long. It contains five tunnels, totalling 15.5 km (9.6 mi). The longest, the North Cape Tunnel, is 6.9 km (4.3 mi) long and reaches 212 m (696 ft) below sea level.

The northernmost part of the road is closed during the winter months, although there are convoy driving available at fixed times.

E 69 is the northernmost road in the world with connections to a major international road network. Roads further north in e.g. Svalbard and Greenland are isolated and short.

History[edit]

In the first version of the current E-road network established in 1975, E69 was a longer and completely different road from Warsaw to Wiener Neustadt through Piotrków, Katowice, Český Těšín, Žilina, Trenčín, Piešťany and Bratislava. This is now mostly part of E75, and that time, the E75 went through Kraków and Banská Bystrica, which is now part of E77.[1] It was later modified south from Mattersburg. Instead of Wiener Neustadt, it went further to south touching Oberpullendorf and Oberwart following the Austrian route 50, ending in E66.[2] This version was never signposted along roads, instead a modified version was implemented with E75 on this route. In the old version E-road network established in 1950, E69 went between Ålesund and Dombås in Norway, now E136.[3]

E69 got its current route in 1992.[citation needed] Before that, the road was number 95 in Norway. Since then, it has no distinct national number. From 1999 to 29 June, 2012, people had to pay toll when using the North Cape Tunnel and adjacent tunnels.[4]

Coordinates: 71°10′04″N 25°46′54″E / 71.16778°N 25.78167°E / 71.16778; 25.78167

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  2. ^ ATLASZ PLUSZ MAGYARORSZÁG+BUDAPEST+210 település részletes térképe (in Hungarian). Z-Press Kiadó Kft. 
  3. ^ Declaration on the construction of main international traffic arteries. 1950 - 1961
  4. ^ "Slutt på bompengene | Statens Vegvesen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-06-08.