Riksvei 3 is one of Norway’s biggest national roads. Spanning 291 kilometres, it is the main connection for passenger car traffic between Oslo in the south and Trøndheim in the north. It is also a crucial road for much of the country’s freight transport. An important part of the road is now being improved.
Surrounded by tranquil landscapes and a dazzling amount of woodland, Riksvei 3 is also called Den Grønne Snarvei, the Green Shortcut. This name was coined by the county municipality of Hedmark – which is exactly where this story takes place.
Faster and safer
Between Løten and Elverum, about 100 kilometers north of Oslo, 27 kilometres of new road has been constructed: the Riksvei 3/25. This will form an important new part of the Riksvei 3, with the aim being to provide a faster and safer connection. A project more than 10 years in the making, with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has been working closely with local communities.
“The big idea was to establish a good road connection through Osterdalen between Oslo and Trøndheim,” says Ketil Sand. He directs the project on behalf of Skanska, the company conducting this major operation. It’s one of Norway’s biggest road projects so far.
Because of its size, the main challenge are the earthworks, Sand says. “Roughly four million cubic metres of soil and cut-out rock is to be hauled, stockpiled or disposed.”