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Road Administration Examines Road to Thórsmörk

Employees of the Icelandic Road Administration will examine the condition of the road leading to the highland valley of Thórsmörk today. Flooding on the second day of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier damaged a six-kilometer stretch of the road.

Hikers on the Laugavegur route which leads from Thórsmörk to Landmannalaugar. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“We will know after this expedition what kind of repairs must be undertaken,” Svanur Bjarnason, divisional manager of the Road Administration in south Iceland, told Morgunbladid.

Bjarnason said that if the same route can be followed into Thórsmörk as before the flooding, only simple bulldozer work is necessary. However, if the roadbed has to be relocated, repairs could prove costly.

“We at the Road Administration don’t have a lot of funds to use when it comes to repairs following natural disasters. It isn’t certain that additional funding will be available but I hope so, of course,” Bjarnason added.

An overall picture of the condition of the Thórsmörk road and what kind of operations will be necessary should be known in the coming days.

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