The largest individual contract within transport and communications in the history of Norway.
The new main land connection between Sotra/Øygarden and Bergen will be built to ensure efficient transport to urban centres and urban districts, and to main roads, railway, airport and sea transport.
The cost is estimated to at least NOK 10 billion (2018).
The contract is now put to tender
On 16 February 2016, the Norwegian Storting asked the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) to build the Rv 555 Sotra Connection as a Public-Private Partnerships (PPP project).
PPP is a financing model that is often used in large and comprehensive projects. The agreement to be established will be between a PPP company as the financial partner, and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) as the contracting party. NPRA is in Norwegian named as Statens vegvesen.
The PPP company will establish its own project organisation that will develop its own implementation strategy and ensure the support of strategic contractors within engineering design, construction, operations and maintenance (DBFO).
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Site visits in January 2020
Initially it would be a pre-qualification process where three potential PPP companies will be selected. NPRA’s plan is to announce the three selected companies before summer 2020. According to information from NPRA there will be a dialogue and tender phase, in which the selected PPP companies should learn to understand the project, perform the necessary soil borings, and start engineering and planning the project.
In order for applicable contractors to understand the extent and complexity of the project, the NPRA will be organising an information meeting and pre-tender site visit.
NPRA will hold an information meeting on 21th of January 2020 from 12.00-15.00 at Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg, tel +47 55980000. The meeting will be translated into English. The registration deadline for those who would like to participate is by the end of 15th of January 2020.
NPRA will hold a site inspection on 22th of January 2020 from 11.00-15.00. The participants will be taken around the area in a bus. Meet at 10.30 at the Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg, Sandsliåsen 50, 5254 Bergen. Those who would like to participate must register by the end of 15th of January 2020.
A challenging project
The project will be built in an area with heavy traffic, close to homes and residents, which makes the project particularly challenging.
- New 9.4 km 4-lane section of the Rv 555 plus 0.7 km of the Fv 562 (Askøyvegen)
- Approx. 24 km 2-lane roads/ access roads
- 13.8 km new pedestrian/cycle path (3 metres wide), of which 7.8 km cycle path with pedestrian pavement (5 metres wide).
- New 4-lane Sotra Bridge, suspension bridge, 29.5 metres wide, 954 metres long, main span 592 metres. Separate pedestrian path and separate cycle lane (5 metres wide). Bridge towers 144 metres high.
- 19 other bridges
- 11 overpasses/underpasses and 21 tunnel portals
- 6 two-level intersections
- A total of approx. 11 km rock tunnels
- The Kolltveit Tunnel , approx. 950 metres long
- The Straume Tunnel, approx. 850 metres long
- The Knarrvika Tunnel approx. 750 metres long
- The Drotningsvik Tunnel, including junction(s) in tunnel and ramps to Drotningsvik, approx. 2000 metres long
- The Harafjell Tunnel, reconstruction .
- 3 tunnels for pedestrians/cyclists; Janahaugen, Kiplehaugen and Harafjellet.
- Involves two municipalities, Bergen and Fjell.
- Two zoning plans, one for Bergen and one for Fjell.
- AADT Sotra Bridge currently 22,700. Estimate for 2024: 26,000.
- AADT into the planning area currently 36,300. Estimate for 2024:42,200
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