Frudal Tunnel

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Frudal Tunnel
Overview
Location Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Coordinates 61°21′46″N 6°49′20″E / 61.3629°N 6.8221°E / 61.3629; 6.8221Coordinates: 61°21′46″N 6°49′20″E / 61.3629°N 6.8221°E / 61.3629; 6.8221
Status In use
Route 5
Start Frudalen
End Berge
Operation
Opened 1995
Traffic Automotive
Technical
Length 6,758 metres (22,172 ft)
No. of lanes 2

The Frudal Tunnel (Norwegian: Frudalstunnelen) is a road tunnel along the Norwegian National Road 5 in the municipality of Sogndal in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The 6,758-metre-long (4.199 mi) tunnel begins at the Frudalen farm, goes through the mountains under the Frudalsbreen glacier, and exits at the small Berge farm area. The tunnel was opened on 29 October 1995 to connect Sogndal municipality to the neighboring Fjærland area in Balestrand municipality.[1][2]

Prior to its opening in 1995, there was no way to get from Sogndal to Fjærland (in Balestrand) other than by driving from Sogndal to Leikanger and then taking a ferry to Fjærland—quite a long journey. The only road connection to Fjærland was via the Fjærland Tunnel to Jølster to the northwest (that tunnel was built in 1986). After the Frudal Tunnel was built, the people of Fjærland began discussing changes to the municipal borders. On 1 January 2000, the entire Fjærland area was transferred to Sogndal municipality.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Frudalstunnelen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ Merzagora, Eugenio A.; Lotsberg, Gunnar (eds.). "Road Tunnels in Norway > 3 000 m". Road Tunnels in Norway. Retrieved 2014-02-09.