Rough weather: Roads in Western Norway closed due to landslides

LandslidePhoto: Alexander Vestrum / NTB
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Several landslides have closed roads in Western Norway. The rough weather has also resulted in several closed mountain passes.

On the night before Sunday, there was a landslide across the road on county road 61, east of Sulesund ferry quay, newspaper Sunnmørsposten reported.

“There are geologists and construction managers on site,” traffic operator Pål Olufsen at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration told news bureau NTB on Sunday morning.

It is currently unknown when the road will be reopened.

“An extra ferry from Solavågen to Hareid has been pun in operation, which also passes Sulesund,” Olufsen said.

Helicopter inspection on Monday

Further south, in Stryn municipality, the county road at Oldedalen is still closed after a major landslide on Saturday morning.

The landslide was about 40 meters wide and started at an altitude of about 1,000 meters, traffic operator Albert Sherington said.

“A geologist will get on a helicopter on Monday and look at the site,” he told NTB.

Closed roads in the mountains

On Sunday morning, the mountain passes at Hardangervidda and Vikafjell were also closed, Vegtrafikksentralen informed on Twitter.

People are driving in queues on Haukelifjell and Hemsedal. People are also driving in queues on county road 50 between Hol and Aurland.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration encourages those who plan to take the trip to be careful.

“Bring extra clothes and plenty of food. Make sure the car has enough power or fuel. The trip may take longer than planned,” traffic operator Jørgen Bødtker told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

“There is generally poor visibility and difficult driving conditions,” he warned.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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