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New Roads, No Tunnel

ogmundur-jonasson_radherraMinister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson announced last week a new road map and transport plan for the next ten years, 2012-2022.

The government is planning to spend ISK 300 billion (USD 2.5 billion, EUR 1.9 billion) over that period to improve Iceland’s roads and infrastructure.

The biggest single project is a new road in the county Barðastrandasýsla in the West Fjords, establishing a better connection between the towns of Patreksfjörður and Bíldudalur with Reykjavík.

The current road is the only gravel road still in use connecting towns in Iceland to the capital area.

Other plans include a new bridge over Hornafjarðarfljót river, close to Höfn in southeast Iceland, and a new bridge across the Ölfusá river in Selfoss, south Iceland.

However, the construction of Norðfjarðargöng, a new tunnel connecting Neskaupstaður to Eskifjörður in the East Fjords, was put on hold.

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