Report: Norwegian roads have improved over the last five years

Øystese - roadPhoto: Marianne Løvland / NTB
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There has been a clear improvement of the road network between 2014 and 2019, according to a report from Vista Analysis commissioned by the Information Council for Road Traffic (OVF).

“Our indicator for driving and technical quality shows an improvement for all road types and all counties. The quality of the road surface and the widths of the road surface has improved in particular,” the report presented on Wednesday concludes.

The improvements are greater for national and European roads than for county roads. There are also large regional differences, according to the report.

“Vestland, Agder, and Troms and Finnmark score relatively the worst on our indicator for road and technical quality,” the report states.

Vista Analysis also states that national and county roads generally maintain a lower standard than the goals they have set.

According to the report, the county municipalities’ expenses for operation and maintenance have increased significantly. 

Expenditure

In the 2015-2019 period, the county municipalities spent an average of NOK 8.8 billion per year on operation and maintenance, while the Norwegian Public Roads Administration spent an average of NOK 5.8 billion annually on the operation and maintenance of European roads and national roads. 

In the 2010-2014 period, the figures were NOK 7.1 billion and NOK 4.7 billion, respectively.

An average of NOK 200,000 is used per kilometer on county roads each year. The expense amounts to NOK 500,000 for national and European roads. Operating and maintenance costs are highest in the western counties and Viken.

The report also refers to reduced accident risk on the roads.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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