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The Arlberg Road Tunnel (German: Arlberg Straßentunnel), with a length of 13.976 kilometres (8.684 mi), is Austria's longest road tunnel. When it was inaugurated, it was the longest road tunnel in the world. It carries the S16 Arlberg Schnellstraße (German for "Arlberg Highway") under the Arlberg massif from Tyrol to Vorarlberg.

Arlberg Road Tunnel
S16 Arlbergtunnel.JPG
Gallery at the east portal, view of lane towards Vorarlberg
Route E60S16-AT.svg S16 (Arlberg Schnellstraße)
StartSt. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol
47°08′28″N 10°18′48″E / 47.141172°N 10.313269°E / 47.141172; 10.313269Coordinates: 47°08′28″N 10°18′48″E / 47.141172°N 10.313269°E / 47.141172; 10.313269
EndLangen am Arlberg, Vorarlberg
47°07′47″N 10°07′12″E / 47.129806°N 10.120006°E / 47.129806; 10.120006
Work begunJuly 5, 1974
OpenedDecember 1, 1978
Toll€ 10.00 (toll station at the east portal)
Length13.972 km (8.68 mi)
(15.537 km (9.65 mi) including galleries)

The tunnel is 1,318 metres (4,324 ft) above sea level with the road above the tunnel having an elevation of 1,640 metres (5,380 ft).[1]

It was built between July 1974 and December 1978, and its costs amounted to 4 billion Austrian schillings (~300 million €). The tunnel is designed for 1800 vehicles per hour and equipped with 4 ventilation centres (one shaft with a height of 736 metres is the deepest in Europe), 12 vents, 43 cameras for traffic monitoring and 16 niches. In 1998 the tunnel was used by 2.6 million vehicles, where 18% are accounting for freight transport. The Arlberg Tunnel is a Toll Road with a one-way fee of €10 (as of December 2018). Tolls for both directions are collected at the eastern end of the tunnel.

Austria 100 Schilling Silver Coin 1978 Arlberg Road Tunnel Inauguration

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  1. ^ [ Displaying Abstract ] (2012-06-10). "WORK ON THE ARLBERG TUNNEL. - Article -". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
Preceded by
Mont Blanc Tunnel
11.61 km (7.21 mi)
World's longest road tunnel
Succeeded by
Gotthard Road Tunnel
16.4 km (10.19 mi)