It has signed a contract with Arup and Aas-Jakobsen for the design of the Julsundet crossing. The 2,010m-long suspension bridge will have a main span of 1,625m – one metre longer than Scandinavia's current record-holder, the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. The bridge will have an orthotropic steel deck.

Julsundet crossing - artist's impression

The project forms part of the E39 Ålesund to Molde upgrade programme, which seeks to strengthen the infrastructure resilience on the E39 road, and will contribute to the ambition of NPRA to create a ferry free coastal highway in the country.

The bridge will incorporate a separate lane for pedestrian, cyclists and slow-moving vehicles such as mopeds.

“Building on our business relationship with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Aas-Jakobsen, this project is a stepping stone towards developing other major infrastructure projects in Scandinavia,” said Arup’s business development manager for Scandinavia, Jesper Jensen. “We are engaging our global experts to support the successful delivery of this technically challenging and ambitious design, one of the world's longest suspension bridges.”