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New Tunnel Planned for North Iceland

The Icelandic government has added a tunnel through Mt. Vadlaheidi, between Akureyri and Húsavík in northeast Iceland, as a priority to the current plans for transportation improvement, and it is hoped that construction will begin next fall.

Another project that has been prioritized is the doubling of the hazardous Sudurlandsvegur highway connecting Reykjavík and Selfoss where many accidents have occurred in the past few decades, 24 Stundir reports.

The widening of Sudurlandsbraut does not have to go through environmental impact assessment and thus the road construction is also scheduled to begin next fall.

The Ministry of Transport will also appoint a special committee next fall in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities in Iceland’s Capital Region to review transport in Reykjavík and neighboring communities and decide which projects need to be undertaken.

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