About 4.5km of main road and 2.1km of side roads will be built under the contract for the Øye–Eidsbru section, which is located about midway along the link between Norway’s capital and its second-largest city. The heart of the project is a 1,970m-long tunnel, to be built through conventional blasting.
The scheme will be the first construction contract being carried out by Strabag in Norway as sole contractor.
This section of the E16 lies in a mountainous area known as Filefjell, which has a peak elevation of 1,920m. The road will pass its highest point at 1,013m above sea level.
Temperatures in the area can reach -25°C in the winter and heavy snowfall is a common occurrence.