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Norway seeks bidders for toll road PPP

The project, which is expected to require upwards of $410m in investment, would improve 26km of roadway between Oslo and Trondheim.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is seeking qualified bidders for a toll road PPP in Hedmark County.

The project, on the Rv 3 and Rv 25 Ommangsvollen–Grundset/Basthjørnet road, will improve a 26km span of roadway with the aim of boosting the connection between Oslo and Trondheim. The scheme is expected to require around NKr3.5 billion ($410 million; €380 million) in investment, the NPRA said.

The new road will be built as either a four-lane motorway or as a two- or three-lane highway with a centre barrier, depending on traffic volume in each section. Qualifications for the project are due in mid-May, and a contract is expected to be signed during the first quarter of 2018. The roadway is planned to open in 2020.

The project is aimed at improving traffic flow and safety as well as facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, according to the NPRA. The road’s current mix of mix of local, agricultural and through traffic creates a safety hazard, the agency said.

The Rv 3 and Rv 25 road improvement is one of three PPP projects on the NPRA’s docket. The Rv 555 Sotrasambandet project and the E10/Rv 85 Tjeldsund–Gullesfjordbotn–Langvassbukt are both scheduled to begin the qualification process next year.