2019: The Debut of Norway’s Record-Breaking Ryfylke Tunnel

December 30, 2019

The Ryfylke Tunnel in western Norway’s Rogaland county was officially opened to traffic. This tunnel — encompassing one tube for each direction and two vehicular lanes in each of those tubes — carries Norwegian National Road 13 under a body of water called Horgefjord (part of the vast fjord known as Boknafjord). The tunnel connects the city and municipality of Stavanger with the county’s traditional district of Ryfylke. Measuring 8.9 miles (14.4 kilometers) in length, the Ryfylke Tunnel holds the record as the world’s longest and deepest subsea tunnel for motor vehicles.

Those on hand for the opening of the Ryfylke Tunnel included Arne Bergsvåg, deputy mayor of Rogaland county. Construction on the tunnel began in 2013. As Bergsvåg highlighted during his remarks at the dedication ceremony, however, plans such a transportation link had actually been under serious discussion for 40 years.

For more information on the Ryfylke Tunnel, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryfylke_Tunnel

A video featuring this tunnel is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCvqyWGNcKI

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