Norwegian County Road 7

County Road 7 (Norwegian: Fylkesvei 7) is a 92.24-kilometer (57.32 mi) road in Vestland county, Norway. The road runs from Trengereid in the municipality of Bergen to Kollanes in the municipality of Voss.[1]

County Road 7 shield

County Road 7
Bokmål: Fylkesvei 7
Nynorsk: Fylkesveg 7
Route information
Length107.92 km (67.06 mi)
Major junctions
West end E 16 at Trengereid
  Fv137 at Hisdal
Fv136 at Bjørkheim
Fv136 at Steinsland/Haga
Fv48 at Lake Frøland
Fv134 at Frøland
Fv133 at Myrkhøl
Fv128 at Steinsdal
Fv49 at Norheimsund
Fv130 at Norheimsund
Fv130 at Øystese
Fv131 at Nygård
Fv132 at Steinstø
East end Rv13 at Kollanes
Location
CountiesVestland
Highway system
County Roads in Norway

The route branches off from European route E16 and passes through the Trengereid Valley to Samnanger before crossing mountainous territory east to Norheimsund. It then continues along the north side of the Hardanger Fjord through Øystese and Ålvik and the north side of the Granvin Fjord before meeting Norwegian National Road 13 in the municipality of Voss.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
The old road through the Toka Gorge

The section of the road through the Toka Gorge was laid out around 1890; construction began on it in 1903 and it was opened in 1907. Large parts of the road were carved out by hand while the workers hung on ropes against the sheer mountainside. This method was used because the road lacks any natural foundation. A new route with four tunnels was opened in the 1960s. These are the Snauhaugen Tunnel (349 meters or 1,145 feet), Hansagjel Tunnel (697 meters or 2,287 feet), Tokagjel Tunnel (408 meters or 1,339 feet), and Fossagjel Tunnel (365 meters or 1,198 feet). On December 21, 2009 the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage protected the road through the Toka Gorge along with 39 other routes as part of the National Protection Plan for Roads, Bridges, and Road-Related Cultural Heritage.

Before January 1, 2010 the route was part of Norwegian National Road 7.[3] Before 1992 the route from Bergen to Granvin via Nesttun was part of the former European route E68.

In 2015, the section of the route between Folkedal and Haukanes in the Granvin Fjord, which was exposed to landslides, was improved with a new 2.3-kilometer (1.4 mi) section including the 1,370-meter (4,490 ft) Folkedal Tunnel. The construction cost NOK 274 million.[4]

National Tourist RouteEdit

The section of the road between Steinsdal Falls in Kvam and Granvin has been designated as the Hardanger National Tourist Route together with the road section from Jondal to Utne on County Road 550 and the section from Låte Falls to Kinsarvik along National Road 13.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vegliste 2018. Spesial transport. Fylkes- og kommunale vegar. Hordaland (PDF). Leikanger: Statens vegvesen Region vest. 2018. p. 1. Retrieved May 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Øystese". Norgeskart. Archived from the original on October 20, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Forvaltningsreformen i Nasjonal transportplan, Stortingsmelding nr 16 2008-2009". Regjeringen.no. Retrieved May 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Rasfritt i Hardanger". Våre veger. 10: 72. 2015.
  5. ^ "Nasjonale turistveger – Hardanger". Vegvesenet. Retrieved May 19, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Hauso, Tale; Moe, Tom Arne (August 30, 2017). "Skal lære av norske attraksjoner for å stoppe fraflytting i Sør-Korea". NRK. Retrieved May 19, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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