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New Tunnel Opens in Iceland’s West Fjords

A new tunnel, Óshlídargöng, connecting Bolungarvík and Hnífsdalur in the West Fjords, was opened at a festive ceremony on Saturday. The tunnel, which is 5.4 kilometers long, replaces the hazardous mountain road over Óshlíd.

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The Óshlíd road which the tunnel replaces. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Minister of Interior Affairs Ögmundur Jónasson and head of the Road Directorate Hreinn Haraldsson cut the ribbon at the mouth of the tunnel by Bolungarvík and afterwards became the first to drive through the tunnel along with the mayors of Bolungarvík and Hnífsdalur, Morgunbladid reports.

Originally the cost of the tunnel construction was an estimated ISK 5.5 billion but additional costs were incurred strengthening the tunnel due to weak sediment, raising the final amount to ISK 6.5 billion (USD 56 million, EUR 42 million).

Click here to read more about the new tunnel and the road it replaces.

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