Norwegian Public Roads Administration: 5,600 Norwegian bridges have faults that threaten traffic safety

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According to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, the lack of maintenance on Norwegian bridges threatens traffic safety. Multiple bridges are over 100 years old.

A report from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration states that 342 Norwegian national and county road bridges have faults that can cause “serious consequences” for traffic safety, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

In addition, around 5,300 bridges have been assessed as having damage that could have a “significant consequence” for traffic safety. Rust and broken railings are listed as the main causes.

There are a total of 17,000 national and county road bridges around the country. The age of all these bridges varies greatly, Morten Wright Hansen in the Norwegian Road Directorate states. 

“It is difficult to remove all risk when it comes to road traffic, but there is no indication that bridges pose a greater risk than the rest of the road network,” Hansen said.

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