Helgeland Bridge

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Helgeland Bridge
View of the bridge (from south)
Coordinates 66°2′10″N 12°42′30″E / 66.03611°N 12.70833°E / 66.03611; 12.70833Coordinates: 66°2′10″N 12°42′30″E / 66.03611°N 12.70833°E / 66.03611; 12.70833
Carries 17
Crosses Leirfjorden
Locale Alstahaug and Leirfjord
Design Cable-stayed bridge
Material Concrete and Steel
Total length 1,065 metres (3,494 ft)
Width 12 metres (39 ft)
Height 138 metres (453 ft)
Longest span 425 metres (1,394 ft)
No. of spans 12
Clearance below 45 metres (148 ft)
Construction start 1989
Construction end 1991

The Helgeland Bridge (Norwegian: Helgelandsbrua) is a cable-stayed bridge that crosses the Leirfjorden between the mainland and the island Alsta in Nordland county, Norway. The town of Sandnessjøen is located just southwest of the bridge on the island.[1]

The Helgeland bridge connecting Alsta island to the mainland.

The Helgeland Bridge was designed by Holger S. Svensson. Construction began in 1989 and it was finished in 1991. The bridge officially opened in July 1991. Construction cost was 200 million NOK.[2] The bridge was a toll bridge until 23 June 2005.[3]

The 1,065-metre-long (3,494 ft) bridge is made up of 12 spans, the longest of which is 425 metres (1,394 ft) long. The maximum clearance to the sea below the bridge is 45 metres (148 ft). The foundations extend to a depth of 31 metres (102 ft).[2] The bridge is built out of pre-stressed and reinforced concrete and steel cables.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Helgelandsbrua" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.aaj.no/bruer/pdf/Helgeland_referanse_eng.pdf
  3. ^ a b Helgeland Bridge at Structurae. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  4. ^ "Helgeland Bridge". Broer.no. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  5. ^ Merzagora, Eugenio A. (ed.). "Road Viaducts & Bridges in Norway (> 500 m)". Norske bruer og viadukter. Retrieved 2012-01-03.