8. Hardanger Bridge, 1310 meters
Hardanger bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Norway. It’s main span have length of 1310 meters. This bridge connects Norwegian municipalities of Ullensvang and Ulvik. The total length of Hardager bridge is 1380 meter. The bridge have two driving lines and separate lines for pedestrians and cyclists. Hardanger bridge also the longest tunnel to tunnel suspension bridge around the globe. This bridge connects 1.5 kilometer long Bu tunnel at the South end to 7.5 kilometer long Vallavik tunnel.
The construction of Hardanger bridge started in 2009 by Norwegian public roads administration and completed in August 2013. Hardanger bridge opened for public on 17th August 2013 and bridge get a traffic of 2000 vehicles per day.
The Hardanger Bridge is a suspension bridge across the Eidfjorden branch of Hardangerfjorden in Hordaland county, Norway. The bridge connects the municipalities of Ullensvang and Ulvik. It replaced a ferry connection between Bruravik and Brimnes, and thereby shortens the driving time between Oslo and Bergen. It is the longest suspension bridge in Norway.
The bridge was approved for building by the Norwegian Parliament on February 28, 2006, and construction began on February 26, 2009. While the bridge was engineered by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, the construction is done by MT Højgaard. The project had a budget of 2.3 billion kr and more than half of this will be paid by toll and saved ferry subsidies. The Administration is considering a different route over a future bridge as the main connection between East and West.
The bridge is 1,400 metres long, with a main span of 1,310 metres. Sailing height is 55 metres and the towers reach 200 metres above sea level. There are two driving lanes for cars with an 80 kilometres per hour speed limit, and a separate lane for pedestrians and cyclists. The sailing height means that the largest cruise ships can’t reach the inner Hardangerfjord anymore.