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Earlier this year, the government of Norway decided to undertake the largest infrastructure project in the world, a “highway” to connect the entire country from top to bottom — crossing under, over and through its more than 1,000 fjords. The $40 billion dollar project will make it possible to drive the 1,100-kilometer journey from the southern city of Kristiansand to northern Trondheim along the west coast that currently takes 21 hours and requires seven ferry crossings, completely ferry-free and in half the time. The most futuristic part of the undertaking is the development of submerged floating tunnels that sit around 30 meters (100 feet) under the surface of the water — and Norway is racing other countries such as China and Italy to be the first to complete this feat.
Why This Matters: This would be another amazing engineering accomplishment and could be less environmentally disruptive than more conventional projects or current modes of transport. The government sees this as a key to improve transport “for commercial purposes (and) also for the welfare of the local population,” according to CNN. More than 50% of export goods in Norway originate along the west coast but the current route “has a very low standard for a European road.” This is what governments should do — massive infrastructure projects that will boost the economy and the way of life for its people — that are too big for private corporations or regional governments to undertake.
“We have done simulations for big explosions in the tunnel, we’ve checked for impacts of submarines, we covered scenarios where a trawler might hook onto the tunnel, and we even considered if a ship might be sinking at the surface and hit the tunnel on the way down,” Rønnquist said. “I would say things are under control. It’s a very robust structure.”
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