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30.11.2020

Atlantic Ocean Road, More og Romsdal

Atlantic Ocean Road or Atlantic - Road is an 8.3 km (5.2 miles) long section of County Road 64 , which passes through an archipelago in Hustadvika and Averøy municipalities of Romsdal County, Norway . It passes by Hustadvika, an unprotected part of the Norwegian Sea, connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland and the peninsula of Romsdalšalveja . It passes between the villages of Korvog in Averøy and Vevang in Hustadvik. It is built on several small islands and skerries, which are connected by several dams, viaducts and eight bridges, the most famous of which is the Storseisundet Bridge.

The route was originally supposed to be a railway line in the early 20th century, but it was abandoned. Serious planning of the road began in the 1970s, and construction began on August 1, 1983. During construction, the area fell 12 European hurricanes. The road was opened on July 7, 1989 and cost 122 million Norwegian kroner (NOK), of which 25 percent was funded by toll and the rest by state grants. It was planned that the toll would last 15 years, but by June 1999 the road was paid and the toll was removed. The road is protected as a cultural heritage site and is classified as a national tourist route. This is a popular place for filming car commercials, it was declared the best auto travel in the world and was awarded the title "Norwegian Building of the Century". In 2009, the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel opened from Averoy to Kristiansund; together they form the second permanent link between Kristiansund and Molde .

The road is an 8,274-kilometer (5,141 miles) stretch of road in District 64, which connects the island and the municipality of Averoy with the mainland of Eide. The road passes through an archipelago consisting of partially inhabited islands and skerries. In the north lies Hustadvika, an unprotected section of the Norwegian Sea, south of Lovöy Fjord . The road is 6.5 meters wide (21 feet) and the maximum slope is eight percent. It consists of eight bridges and four resting places and observation platforms. The islands have several tourist facilities, including restaurants, fishing and diving resorts. Along with the section from Vevang to Bada., the road was designated as one of the 18 national tourist routes.

The road starts at Utheim on Averoy, near the village of Korvog. It goes to the island of Kuholmen, and then on 115-meter (377 feet) bridge Little Loveysund to the island of Lille Lovey . It continues across the 52-meter (171 feet) Store Lauvholmen Bridge on Store Lauvøy . It then crosses the equally long Gaitöysund Bridge in Gaitöya, where there is an observation deck and a parking lot. Then it passes through Eldhusøya and Lungholmen Bridge before reaching Eldhusøya, where there is a rest area, parking lot and observation deck. Next is the Storsseysundet Bridge, a cantilever bridge.260 meters (850 feet) long. The municipal border between Eide and Averoy is under the bridge. Then it passes through Flatskjret, where there is an observation deck, and then crosses the Hulvågen three bridges Hulvågen, whose total length is 293 meters (961 feet). From there, the road passes through Scarvea and Stromsholmen, both with a resting place. The route leads to the mainland via the Vevangstraumen Bridge, which is 119 meters (390 ft) long. 

The first proposals for using the route were made in the early 20th century. It is planned that the Rauma line will connect the national railway network with Møre og Romsdal, and several proposals were made to extend it to coastal cities. In 1921, the Council of Meure-og-Romsdal County chose the external route, which was to follow a path close to the road. Rauma line was not built outside Ondalsnes, and in 1935 the Norwegian Parliament decided to connect the coastal cities of Møre og Romsdal with Ondalsnes by road instead of rail.

Although the plans were officially postponed, locals continued to work on the idea of a road connecting Averoy to the mainland. Toll company Atlanterhavsveien AS was founded in 1970. Arne Rettedal, who was the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in the early 1980s, offered to provide funds for job creation for road projects. The proposal was approved in 1983 after it was supported by the municipalities of Averøy, Eide and Frune. Construction began as a municipal road project on August 1, 1983, but progress was slow. From July 1, 1986, the Norwegian Highway Administration took over the management of the project, speeding up construction and permitting its opening on July 7, 1989. 12 hurricanes struck the site during construction. The opening of the road allowed the Tövik-Erđavik ferry to stop running. 

Construction cost NOK 122 million and was financed 25 percent by debt to be recollected through tolls, 25 percent by job creation funds and 50 percent by ordinary state road grants. There was significant local opposition against toll financing, as few people believed it would be possible to pay off the road in the stipulated 15 years. However, by June 1999 the road was paid off and tolls removed. The accelerated amortization was caused both by greater than predicted local traffic and by large amounts of tourist traffic.

In 2009, the road was Norway's ninth-most-visited natural tourist attraction, with 258,654 visitors from May through August. The route won the title "Norwegian Construction of the Century", awarded by the Norwegian construction industry in 2005. In 2006, The Guardian declared it the world's best road trip. The road has become a popular place for the automotive industry to film advertisements; more than ten manufacturers have made television commercials along the route, often depicting the harsh weather. The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage preserved the road as a cultural heritage in December 2009. The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel between Averøy and Kristiansund opened on 19 December 2009. In combination with the road it provides a fixed link between Kristiansund and Molde. This is the second fixed link between the two towns, after the 1992 opening of the Kristiansund and Frei Fixed Link.

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