Skanska signs Norway E16 motorway and tunnels contract

1 December 2020

Skanska has signed a contract worth around US$336m with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to build an 8.4km motorway and tunnels between Bjørum and Hole municipality in eastern Norway.

The contract involves replacing a narrow, winding road with a new four-lane motorway that will involve tunnelling as well as the construction of eight bridges. The two tunnels on the Bjørum-Skaret section are of lengths 800m and 3.4km; a total of three million cubic metres of spoil are expected to be removed.

Designed to give travellers greatly improved safety and accessibility on what is an important transport route in the country, the project is part of the ongoing development of the E16 motorway between Sandvika and Høgkastet. The importance of the E16 lies in the fact that it is the main road link between Oslo and Bergen. It is also the main road in Bjørum, and the main traffic artery between Oslo and Ringerike, Valdres and Hallingdal.

Following the contract signing on 30 November, the project will enter into the collaboration phase between Skanska, its partners and the client, before construction work begins in February 2021.

To ensure adequate environmental protection throughout the project, Skanska said it will certify the E16 Bjørum–Skaret project according to Ceequal – the internationally recognised certification standard for infrastructure.