The Ryfylke tunnel which is regarded to be the world’s longest and deepest undersea road tunnel is scheduled to get opened at the end of 2019. No wonder the infrastructure is called Norway’s landmark tunnel project due to the modalities involved in it. The tunnel will connect the city of Stavanger with Strand in the district of Ryfylke. There are two other tunnels that form a part of the project and will build the new Ryfast link. These tunnels are Hundvåg tunnel and the Eiganes tunnel which are due to open in February 2020 post the completion of fishing and testing works. The opening of all the three tunnels will mark the commissioning of Norway’s enormous Ryfast fixed link project.
The construction of Ryfast fixed link project started in 2012. The longest tunnel stretch measures around 14.3km and also reached a depth of 290m, which is a world record. Having said that, Norway is building another road tunnel that will be longer and deeper than this one. The Rogfast tunnel as it is called will be 25.5km in length and will reach a depth of 390m.
Both these projects, Ryfast and Rogfast are a part of the wider plan which is worth €150 billion and involves building tunnels and bridges along the Norway coast and looks out to replace the ferries that are currently being used.