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Bergsøysund Bridge

The Bergsøysund Bridge (Norwegian: Bergsøysundbrua) is a pontoon bridge that crosses the Bergsøysundet strait between the islands of Aspøya (in Tingvoll) and Bergsøya (in Gjemnes) in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The bridge is 931 metres (3,054 ft) long, the longest span is 106 metres (348 ft), and the maximum clearance to the sea is 6 metres (20 ft). The bridge has 13 spans.[1][2]

Bergsøysund Bridge

View of the Bergsøysund Bridge
Coordinates 62°59′13″N 7°52′28″E / 62.9869°N 7.8744°E / 62.9869; 7.8744Coordinates: 62°59′13″N 7°52′28″E / 62.9869°N 7.8744°E / 62.9869; 7.8744
Carries E39
LocaleGjemnes/Tingvoll, Norway
DesignPontoon Bridge
Total length931 metres (3,054 ft)
Longest span106 metres (348 ft)
No. of spans13
Clearance below6 metres (20 ft)

Bergsøysund Bridge was opened in 1992. It is part of the Krifast system, the town of Kristiansund's road connection to the mainland. The bridge cost 277.4 million kr.


Floating bridge/pontoon bridge construction has a long history in military and civilian applications on every continent except Antarctica. According to the engineers who designed this bridge, it was designed using recent American technology for floating bridges, combined with Norwegian technology for offshore platforms. The bridge designers researched other bridges in the world and traveled to the state of Washington in the United States to visit the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge and the Hood Canal Bridge—two floating bridges. The continuous floating concrete structure used in the Washington bridges was ultimately ruled out in favor of the discrete floating concrete pier design. This design afforded: 1) an elevated roadway that reduced traffic hazards in storms, 2) a reduction in corrosion of the bridge deck, and 3) improved passage of water beneath the bridge thereby supporting native species.[3]

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  1. ^ Merzagora, Eugenio A. (ed.). "Road Viaducts & Bridges in Norway (> 500 m)". Norske bruer og viadukter. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  2. ^ "Bergsøysund Bridge". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  3. ^ Hitch, Stephen J. (1999). The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge in Crisis: An Approach to Evaluating Alternative Solutions. University of Washington.