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08. April 2008

Bolungarvík tunnel agreement signed

Iceland Prime Contractor and the Swiss company Marti Contractors have signed an agreement with the Iceland Road Administration concerning the construction of the Bolungarvík tunnel. The contract was signed in the Bolungarvík City Hall on Tuesday 8 April 2008.

IPC and Marti Contractors submitted the lowest bid for the tunnel construction project, with a tender amount of ISK 3,479,000,000 – nearly 3.5 billion Icelandic krónur – which is roughly 88% of the cost estimate. Bids for the tunnel project were opened by the Iceland Road Administration on 22 January 2008.

In late summer 2007, the Iceland Road Administration advertised for participants in the pre-selection process for a tunnel to be built between Hnífsdalur and Bolungarvík, as well as the related roads and portal structures.

The project includes the construction of a tunnel 8.7 metres wide and 5.1 km long, a concrete portal structure 310 metres in length, 3 km of roads, and two concrete bridges spanning the Hnífsdalsá and Ósá rivers.

The preliminary work on the project is already underway, and construction will begin in early May with construction camp set-up and excavation. Blasting of the actual tunnel is scheduled to begin in late summer.

Tunnel construction will continue over the coming winter, and construction of the roads and portal structures will be carried out in summer 2009. Excavation of the tunnel itself is scheduled for completion in October 2009, and completion of road construction and finishing work inside the tunnel is planned for July 2010.

An average of approximately 40 employees will work on the project, with the work crew expanding to around 60 at the peak of construction. The project manager is Rúnar Ágúst Jónsson of Iceland Prime Contractor.

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