The Roads Administration fears traffic chaos on E18 in Larvik

E18 at Larvik.Photo: Alexander Vestrum / NTB scanpix

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Motorists must settle for a significant queue after the crash on E18 in Larvik before the weekend. The Road Administration encourages the use of public transport instead of its own car.

The E18 is closed in a southbound direction – probably out of the week – after the rock race that went into the Larvic tunnel entrance Friday. The bypass road passes through Larvik. The Roads Administration fears that it will mean traffic chaos and long queues when people get to and from work.

– We assume that there will be a significant queue and encourage locals to cycle and take public transport, says project manager for operations and maintenance Trond Haugstad in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to NRK.

On Monday morning, the Road Traffic Center reported long queues and heavy traffic in the area, but no major traffic problems.

The process of clearing the E18 can take several days. The Roads Administration must, among other things, blow up a large boulder in several turns. The hope is to open northbound traffic for traffic in both directions relatively quickly, but it will nevertheless be difficult to avoid queuing during rush hour.

The Road Administration recommends those coming from far and wide, both from the south and the north, to drive via Skien to avoid traffic chaos.

According to the Østlands-Posten, before six o’clock on Monday, there was more traffic than usual from Stavern towards Larvik city center. Crews from the Road Administration were in place at the intersection Storgata / Stavernsveien to direct the traffic manually.

According to Telemark’s newspaper, there were several kilometers of queue on the E18 between Porsgrunn and Larvik on Monday morning.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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