Bolungarvík tunnel construction in full swing
The tunnel construction project began on 15 May. The principal job is to remove loose soil and rock from the intended tunnel mouth and set the materials aside for use in road construction. The Company is also engaged in setting up the construction site, erecting work sheds, connecting the electricity and water, and setting up drainage facilities. In late summer the actual blasting of the tunnel will begin.
At present, the work is carried out on day shifts only, but when drilling and blasting begin, work will continue around the clock. The work crew, which currently includes 40 employees, will likely expand to 60 at the peak of construction.
Ósafl, a subsidiary of Iceland Prime Contractor (IPC), and the Swiss company Marti are handling the construction of the Bolungarvík tunnel for the Iceland Road Administration. Marti Contractors is an 80-year-old company with a staff of 3,000 and operations all over the world. Ósafl submitted the lowest bid for the job, with a tender amount of just below ISK 3.5 billion. 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.