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New Road Being Built for Access to Blue Lagoon and Grindavík

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) is currently working on the construction of a new road within the lava-protected area of Svartsengi, including Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon. This news was made public via an announcement from IRCA.

Recent eruptions have caused lava to partially flow over two primary roads connecting both the Reykjanes town of Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon to other major highways: Grindavíkirvegur and Bláalónsvegur. The new road will enable drivers to drive from Grindavíkirvegur to Bláalónsvegur via a new route connected to Nesvegur, located just west of the town.

The new road construction is crucial, as the Blue Lagoon has opened again. Although seismic activity in the area has been relatively stable, there have been signs of the surface rising again, which could mean an eruption as early as late February or early March.

Due to this new route being built within the dirt wall fortifications being used to hold back lava, travel to both Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon may continue unhindered in the event of an eruption. This is highly conditional, however; eruptions are notoriously unpredictable, and the previous one did result in fissures opening on both sides of and even within these fortifications.

IRCA is hopeful that the new route will be operational as early as this coming week.

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