Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Atlantic Road – Norwegian Construction of the Century

The Atlantic Ocean Road is an 8.3 km long part of County Road 64 that runs through the towns of Kristansund and Molde in Møre og Romsdal County. The road was built on several small islands and ridges, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts and eight bridges. 
  
Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

This fantastic and spectacular road is a very popular tourist attraction. Both the local population and tourist visitors frequently use the road to go fishing for cod and other fish directly from the bridges. One of the bridges is specially designed for fishing. 

HISTORY 

The Atlantic Road runs across the archipelago of partially inhabited islands and ridges in western fjords. The route was originally designed as a railway line in the early 20th century, but this was abandoned. 

Serious planning of the fully functional road began in the 1970s, and construction started almost ten years later, in 1983. Constructors had to face numerous problems, including 12 powerful windstorms. However, despite all obstacles, the road was successfully opened on 7 July 1989. 

Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

The construction cost NOK 122 million; the building was paid off already by June 1999, and currently the road is a cultural heritage site. 

Now the Atlantic Road is classified as a National tourist route. It has become a popular place for the automotive industry to film advertisements; the number of tourist who visit the place is growing each year. The route is acclaimed one of the most beautiful in the world, and won the title “Norwegian Construction of the Century”, awarded by the Norwegian construction industry in 2005. 

ATTRACTIONS OF THE ROAD 

Storseisundet: it is the longest bridge on the Atlantic Road. Storseisundet became a legitimate symbol of the Road. The bridge connects the mainland with the island of Averøya in Møre og Romsdal county. It is the longest of the eight bridges that make up the Atlantic Road. 

Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

Storseisundet is a cantilever bridge 260 meters long and with a maximum clearance to the sea of 23 meters. Initially it was designed as straight; however, the constructors implemented changes into the initial project. 

The view of the bridge varies depending on the angle, and at times, it may seem that the bridge is not finished yet. That is why sometimes it is called “drunken bridge” or even “the road to nowhere”. 

Askevågen is a view point with glass walls that protects you against the weather and ocean spray. Constructed next to water breakers, it gives you the feeling of association with the ocean. The scenery to the archipelago, the ocean and the coast is breathtaking. 

Atlantic Road – the Norwegian Construction of the Century

Kjeksa is another magnificent view point near the fishing village of Bud. Here you can sit on one of the numerous benches and simply enjoy the ocean, or take a special path and go down to the water. 

Geitøya view point is the favorite one among photographers – from here you can see the ensemble of bridges and islands. If you like fishing, there is a nice spot under a nearby bridge. 

Myrbærholmbrua is another great place to enjoy the surrounding nature and catch fish. 


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