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Austrian PNC hands over new Loftesnesbrui - a beautiful bridge accommodating all users in harmony

28. August 2018

Experts from Austria profoundly supported by a local partner finished the new Loftesnesbrui after just 2.5 years of construction. The new Bridge and a generous roundabout improve safety and ease the traffic flow at an important junction in Norwegian Sogndal county. With a wide walking and cycling path, the soft road users are well taken care of.

The construction has already left an impact beyond Norway's borders. The bridge is one of four finalists in its class during the European Steel Bridge Awards, which will take place in Prague during  September. 

The new Loftesnesbrui is a 194-meter-long steel bridge, situated in the town of Sogndal by the Sognefjord. The bridge has a network tied arc in the main span based on piles, the middle of the arc being 15 meters high. The new bridge was built because the old bridge over the Loftesnes sound was very narrow, and starting to show signs of wear and tear. Also the bridge built in 1958 had almost no space for pedestrians. The new bridge is designed to be both modern, yet it will also provide associations with the slim structure of its ancestor. The new bridge was shaped by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, ÅF Engineering and Sveinung Jørum at pka ARKITEKTER giving the entrance to the village an entirely new identity. 

Besides the bridge, the project also consists of a roundabout, 600 meter of road with foot and bicycle paths and 200 meters of secondary road. 

Thus co-operation between PNC Norway and local Aurstad company proved successful from start to finish, after winning the tender for this  NOK 238 million job in November 2015.  

The official opening will be held by State Secretary Brage Baklien.