Avalanche safety measures for Norway roads

Avalanche protection measures for Norway roads will be hugely expensive.
Finance & Funding / December 6, 2023 35 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
Protecting Norwegian roads from avalanches will be very costly according to a recent study – image courtesy of © Anna Dudko|Dreamstime.com

Protecting 10 vulnerable stretches of road in Norway from avalanches could cost as much as €1.22 billion. That is the finding of research by Norway’s motoring body NAF.

The study utilised data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen). Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has established a new National Transport Plan intended to make journeys safer and more efficient.

Vestland county has a particular issue with regard to avalanche risks and most of the sections of road at risk are in this area.

However, the NAF research shows that protecting all of the Norwegian roads at high or medium risk from avalanches or rockslides could cost as much as €21.86 billion.

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