Norway is famous for its incredible fjords. These formations of unspeakable beauty make the Norwegian coast one of the most photographed in the world.
They also make it one of the most difficult coasts to traverse. The present road and ferry system in place presently makes it possible to drive the 683-mile route from the southern Norwegian city of Kristiansand to the northern point of Trondheim in a rather lengthy 21 hours. This course involves no fewer than seven ferry crossings along the way.
As the nation examined this matter and how to solve it, a few points probably came to mind: how to make the travel time much less (683 miles really should not take 21 hours, this is an average speed of about 30 mph (50km/h)), and how do you build a highway connecting all the needed points without destroying the natural beauty of the landscape? After all, one of the attractions of the Norwegian coast is its pristine appearance.
A decision was made, and the nation is embarking now on a US $47 billion project to modernize and streamline the route. This video shows the new B1M Coastal Highway project and how its construction might be executed:
The technical innovations offered here, such as floating undersea tunnels, suspension bridge towers that are cable-anchored to the seabed like oceanic oil rigs, and suspension bridges by far the largest ever built on Earth are all up for consideration. The developments made during the course of this project will change the engineering world for decades to come.
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