At least 29 projects at the Icelandic Road Administration that were put on hold after the banking collapse of October 2008 are now ready for tenders and waiting to be executed. Preparations include ideas on collecting road tariffs with special keys.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
G. Pétur Matthíasson, information officer of the Icelandic Road Administration, said some of these projects have been launched but others are waiting for a new transport plan for 2010-2012 to be presented, Morgunbladid reports.
Matthíasson explained that the execution of these projects depends not only on financing but also environment impact assessment and execution permits.
These projects include the widening of the Vesturlandsvegur and Sudurlandsvegur highways where road tariffs will be collected with automatic gates.
Commuters will require special keys to pass through the gates and pay the tariff. The price will probably be ISK 200 (USD 1.6, EUR 1.2) for regular passenger cars.
A bill on increasing the speed limit at certain roads in Iceland from 90 to 110 kilometers per hour is currently being debated at parliament.
It also includes increasing fines for the most serious speeding violations from ISK 300,000 to 500,000 (from USD 2,300 to 3,900, from EUR 1,700 to 2,900) and obligating physicians to report unfit drivers.