The New Temporary Bridge Across Steinavötn In East Iceland Is Now Open

The temporary bridge at Steinavötn being built. Photo/Sveinn Þórðarson

Work on building a temporary bridge across Steinavötn in East Iceland is going well and, according to the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) with no unexpected hurdles or delays it is in full swing with the new bridge, 104 m long opening up for traffic at 12:00 noon today, the 4th of October. The Ring Road has been inpassable in the east for some time since one of the pillars of the old bridge gave way, due to unusually heavy downpour of water for several days last week. The speedy building of such a temporary bridge is possible since IRCA always keeps material to build such a bridge at hand and can then make a hasty run to one or more teams of available trained bridge builders on standby. Such foresight is necessary in order to be able to react quickly when nature behaves as did earlier in the week. Meanwhile the old bridge has been kept open for walking traffic, with travellers having to park 4-5 km from the bridge and pass at the junction on foot, as no other bypass is possible, except driving all the way around Iceland. The road to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon was already in order with no problems facing tourists planning to visit that area, but until today it has been impossible to drive onwards to Höfn. The Ring Road and that part leading to Höfn and Hornafjörður onwards will however reopen after 12 noon today, October 4th.

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