A new road tunnel under a primary highway was taken into use in Eyjafördur, north Iceland, yesterday. In contrast to most other tunnels, however, this one is intended primarily to make life easier for the local bovine population, RÚV reports.
The owners of the farm Svalbardi constructed the tunnel at their own expense, in order to avoid having to herd nearly 100 cows across a busy highway twice a day. Some 2,000-4,000 cars pass on that particularly highway per day, and after having pleaded with the Icelandic Roads Authority on-and-off for some 20 years, the farmers finally decided to take matters into their own hands.
The inaugural trek through the tunnel passed without fanfare. So far there have been no reports of the cows’ reaction to their new communications structure.