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The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, inaugurates the works of the E6 Ranheim-Værnes highway

09/07/2020
  • In 2018, Nye Veier, the Norwegian state company for highway planning, construction, operation and maintenance selected ACCIONA to design and construct this 23 km section of highway that will connect the towns of Ranheim and Værnes in the Trondheim region.
  • After a year and a half of working together to design and improve the project, Nye Veier and ACCIONA are now beginning the construction works, which are scheduled to be completed by 2025.

On Tuesday 1 September, ACCIONA and its client, Nye Veier, welcomed the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg to the construction works for the E6 Ranheim-Værnes highway.

“Improved roads will lead to a larger labor market area and better opportunities for the business community in Trøndelag, where not everyone is not able to work digitally. Many in our country still need physical transportation to get things done. We believe it is right to build the country together,” said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

 

22 roses

Mayor of Stjørdal municipality, Ivar Vigdenes, was also present at the event.

“The new E6 between Ranheim and Værnes is a giant investment with perfect timing. It builds the country and connects the region and the labor market. It reduces travel time, increases value creation, and eliminates queue and thru traffic. I have 22 roses with me on this occasion. There is one rose for every person who has been killed or seriously injured on the road between Ranheim and Åsen within the last ten years. It draws an even bigger sky over the project that thousands of workers now will start working on”, Vigdenes said before handing over 22 red roses to the Prime Minister.

 

Thanks to everyone who has contributed

Development director at Nye Veier, Johan Arnt Vatnan, used the opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the project.

“Thanks to ACCIONA, to Multiconsult and Rambøll. Thanks to the case handlers in the municipalities, in the county municipality and other sector authorities. Thanks to the business community and, especially, to the Norwegian Truck Owners Association for all the support. And thank you to all the employees in Nye Veier who have been working late and early to get to where we are today”, said Vatnan.

 

Have learned from each other

More than seven kilometres of this new highway will be underground, with three tunnels between one and four kilometres. The route, which also includes eight bridges, will partly follow the old road, with the exception of the tunnels which will run parallel to the existing ones.

After a year and a half working together with Nye Veier to design and optimise the project (improving the safety around the tunnels, among many other aspects), the Prime Minister has visited the site to inaugurate the start of its construction.

“ACCIONA has had the opportunity to work closely with Nye Veier in Trondheim since the signing in 2018. For us it has been an extremely enriching experience, allowing us to learn from each other.We are absolutely thrilled to begin construction on this project, together with our subcontractors and partners. As occurs with ACCIONA’s other works, we will be focusing all of our efforts to ensure that this project generates the greatest positive impact at a local level”, said Lena Rudstrøm, Business Development Director for the Nordics at ACCIONA.

Once the works are complete, this new infrastructure will increase the number of lanes from two to four, improving mobility between the towns, increasing user safety, while reducing the travel time by approximately five minutes.The opening of this new highway, which will allow traffic to travel at 110 km/h, is scheduled for 2025.

In addition to the advantages generated by the completed E6, this project will also create a large amount of local jobs during its construction, as well as the benefits from expenditure on daily allowances and accommodation by the hundreds of employees that will work on its execution.

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