Welcome to the symposium: Extreme Crossings and New Technologies
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will organize the sixth international symposium on Strait Crossings to be held on 16 - 19 June 2013 in Bergen, Norway.
Previous symposiums have been arranged in Norway in Stavanger 1986, Trondheim, 1990, Ålesund 1994, Bergen 2001 and Trondheim 2009.
Straits and sounds, as well as inlets and fjords, are barriers for road and rail transport. These barriers can be overcome using fixed links or ferries. For crossings served by ferries there is often a strong wish for a fixed link replacement. However, more efficient and environment-friendly ferries are being developed in parallel with new and ingenious designs for fixed links.
Strait crossings greatly influence transportation costs. These crossings also impact social development, the environment and total energy consumption as well as traffic safety issues. This symposium intends to cover all these aspects. The on-going project "Coastal Highway Route E39" along the Norwegian west coast illustrates the challenges involved. For further information on the E39 please visit: www.vegvesen.no/Vegprosjekter/ferjefriE39/English/Reports and view a video animation of possible solutions for crossing a 3,7 km wide and 1,3 km deep strait: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7en6etg2Mk&feature=youtu.be It is now an agreed political intention to bridge the remaining straits along Coastal Highway E39 with fixed links over a period of 20 years with an estimated cost of the order of 150 billion NOK (20 billion Euro).