The E39 Romsdalsfjorden is a part of the ferry-free Coastal Highway Route E39 from Kristiansand to Trondheim. The Romsdalfjorden fiord crossing between Vestnes and Molde is the first important step in the development of the E39 from Ålesund to Molde, in order to create a single residential and labour market and reduce travel time between the two cities to one hour. The fiord crossing replaces two ferry connections, and provides 10,000 more people with a travel time to a city of 45 minutes or less. The project provides a mainland connection to the municipality of Midsund, and also forms the basis for a mainland connection to Gossen, where the natural gas field Ormen Lange is located.
The choice of conceptual solution was adopted by the government in the spring of 2014. The total costs will amount to around NOK 14,5 billion.
- The tunnel will be approximately 16 km long and will satisfy the strict safety requirements we have in Norway and Europe. The maximum gradient will be 5%.
- The tunnel will have twin tubes with one-way traffic in each tube, which will remove the risk related to oncoming traffic. The two tubes will be connected by emergency exits every 250 meters. Colourfully lit caverns will break the monotony of driving through the tunnel and provide a better and safer driving experience.
- With lane control lights we avoid frequent closures. If a vehicle breaks down, traffic is directed into the other lane in the same tube and speed is reduced.
- The suspension bridge will be 2 km long. With a main span of 1625 metres between the towers, this bridge will have the third longest main span in the world, and it will be Norway’s longest bridge altogether.
- The bridge deck is 70m above sea level. This allows all cruise ships to pass under the bridge.
- The bridge towers will be 250 m tall, twice as tall as the bridge towers on the Gjemnesund bridge.
- We will facilitate the safe passage of pedestrians, cyclists and slow-moving vehicles across the bridge by including a separate pedestrian/cycle lane.
The zoning plans were adopted in 2016, and the project will then be ready for development. In order to start construction, the project must be given priority in the National Transport Plan and receive allocations from the national budget. Funds for the project start-up have been allocated in the National Transport Plan 2024 - 2029. From the funds are provided it will take approximately 6 years before the new road can be taken into use and the region enters a new era.