Toven Tunnel

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Toven Tunnel
Toventunnelen Brattli 2010.JPG
Eastern entrance during construction
Overview
LocationNordland, Norway
Coordinates66°03′12″N 013°11′30″E / 66.05333°N 13.19167°E / 66.05333; 13.19167Coordinates: 66°03′12″N 013°11′30″E / 66.05333°N 13.19167°E / 66.05333; 13.19167
Route78
Startwest 66°4′43″N 13°5′17″E / 66.07861°N 13.08806°E / 66.07861; 13.08806
Endeast 66°0′59″N 13°16′10″E / 66.01639°N 13.26944°E / 66.01639; 13.26944
Operation
Work begun2010
Opened22 November 2014
TrafficAutomotive
Tollyes
Technical
Length10,665 metres (6.627 mi)

The Toven Tunnel (Norwegian: Toventunnelen) is a 10,665-metre-long (6.627 mi) road tunnel connecting Leirfjord and Vefsn municipalities, both in Nordland county in northern Norway. The tunnel is also the main access to the city of Sandnessjøen. Work on the tunnel started in 2010 and it was opened on 22 November 2014. It is the longest tunnel in Northern Norway.

The tunnel replaces a narrow, steep, twisting road along the Vefsnfjorden to the south of the tunnel. It shortens County Road 78 by eight kilometres (5.0 mi) and the travel time is shortened by 10–20 minutes. The cost of the tunnel, including new roads at both ends, was about 1460 million kr, of which 405 million is financed with a road toll.[1]

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