Sortland Bridge

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Sortland Bridge
Sortland bridge.jpg
View of the bridge (winter 2006-2007)
Coordinates 68°42′24″N 15°25′40″E / 68.706668°N 15.427895°E / 68.706668; 15.427895Coordinates: 68°42′24″N 15°25′40″E / 68.706668°N 15.427895°E / 68.706668; 15.427895
Carries 82
Crosses Sortlandssundet
Locale Sortland, Norway
Design Cantilever
Total length 948 metres (3,110 ft)
Longest span 150 metres (490 ft)
No. of spans 21
Clearance above 30 metres (98 ft)
Opened 1975

The Sortland Bridge (Norwegian: Sortlandsbrua) is a cantilever road bridge that crosses the Sortlandssundet strait between the village of Strand on Hinnøya island and the town of Sortland on Langøya island. It is located within the municipality of Sortland in Nordland county, Norway. The bridge is 948 metres (3,110 ft) long, the main span is 150 metres (490 ft), and the maximum clearance to the sea is 30 metres (98 ft). The bridge has 21 spans.[1][2][3]

The Sortland Bridge was opened in 1975. It was one of four bridges that were built in the 1970s to connect the islands of Vesterålen to each other. The other bridges that were built during that period are the Hadsel Bridge, Andøy Bridge and Kvalsaukan Bridge. Together with the Tjeldsund Bridge near Harstad, these bridges connect the islands of Vesterålen to the mainland. The Sortland Bridge was a toll bridge for many years after its opening. Before the bridge was built, a ferry carried passengers across the strait. The ferry crossing was one of the busiest in Norway.[4]

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  1. ^ Merzagora, Eugenio A. (ed.). "Road Viaducts & Bridges in Norway (> 500 m)". Norske bruer og viadukter. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Sortland Bridge". Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  3. ^ Sortland Bridge at Structurae. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Sortlandsbrua" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-07-29.