Heavy vehicles can be banned from the Oslo Fjord tunnel
Clearer signage and faster barriers are some of the fire prevention measures introduced in the Oslo Fjord tunnel. The Road Administration also considers a ban on heavy vehicles.
The tunnel is still closed and will open no earlier than early June. Meanwhile, a number of new measures have been introduced to prevent road users from entering in case of fire.
Among them are new signage outside the tunnel, and more robust barriers in case of a red light.
One of the most important learning points has been that road users do not take the barrier seriously and drive down the tunnel even after they are deployed, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration writes in its conclusion on the proposals.
Ban on heavy vehicles
The Road Administration also considers prohibiting heavy vehicles over 12.5 meters and vehicles transporting dangerous goods during the rush hours.
– The ban will be applicable until we have a solution in place that identifies vehicles that may adversely affect road safety.
This naturally creates challenges for business and accessibility.
– We are therefore focusing on resolving this as quickly as possible, says Nils Audun Karbø. Karbø is Director of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
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