"Nordic Steel has shown a high willingness to solve demanding structures and delivers quality beyond the requirements beyond current standards. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has its own handbook for bridge structures with additional requirements that must be satisfied and documented. This is the key to our cooperation with Nordic Steel," says Arild Olsen at Moelven Limtre.
Eight of the bridges are on new highway 3 between Løten and Elverum. The giant road project consists of 15 kilometres of motorway and 10 kilometres of two- or three-lane roads. Skanska Norway AS has been responsible for the construction of the road, which is one of the largest road contracts in Norway ever.
Three of the bridges are on the new E6 from Kolomoen to Moelv, a four-lane motorway of 43 kilometres, where the entire stretch opened at the end of October this year. The new Veier project, with Veidekke Entreprenør AS as a total contractor, is the longest stretch of road continuously built in Norway ever.
The 11 bridges are transfer bridges of varying size. The bridges have a length of about 50 meters and the width is from 5 to 10 meters. These are driving bridges consisting of one and two fields, and bridges with walking and cycling paths as part of the construction. The bridges have timber from local forests and have major environmental advantages due to short-lived products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Common to all bridges is the demand of steel in the construction process. Nordic Steel has worked closely with Moelven Limtre over the past six years and delivered steel for several large projects. Mjøstårnet, the world's tallest wooden building, is another important collaborative project between Moelven Limtre and Nordic Steel.
For the 11 bridges on the major road projects, Nordic Steel has delivered:
It is not possible to replace the steel inside the bridge structure during its lifespan. That's why only the best is good enough.
"A bridge should last for 100 years, which is why we use the best material, Duplex, for this. The steel that is more visible is carbon steel with high requirements for strength, this is galvanized, often with additional treatments such as powder coating explains Arild Olsen.
Moelven Limtre is leading in the glulam market. As a leading Norwegian steel centre, Nordic Steel is therefore a preferred partner for Moelven Limtre.
- We are developing together with Moelven Limtre and are proud of the good cooperation over several years. The fact that we jointly win such contracts shows that Norwegian quality companies are preferred in international competition. Important transport projects in the interior have received some fantastic structures in wood and steel over the new roads, says Børre Lobekk, general manager of Nordic Steel.