Swedish construction firm Peab has secured a contract from Nye Veier for the extension and maintenance of the E6 highway between Kvål and Melhus in Norway.

The contract is valued at Nkr784m ($80.8m).

Under the contract, Peab will be responsible for the construction of a four-lane road stretching for 7km.

The project also includes the construction of five bridges, commuter parking, an ecoduct and on-ramps and off-ramps.

Peab region manager Johan Hansson said: “We are now starting up the second phase of this project. Construction of the new section of highway increases traffic safety and passing ability, and we will reduce travel time as well. Naturally, we are pleased to be part of this development.”

The project is considered to be the country’s first road project with an integrated project delivery.

Alongside Peab as its construction partner, Nye Veier has selected Cowi as its consultant.

The project has been divided into two phases, the first of which commenced earlier in 2019.

The second phase has now started with detailed planning and construction.

Nye Veier project manager Johan Arnt Vatnan added: “Almost a year has passed since we started the three-party contract for the development and optimisation of the project together with Peab and Cowi.

“It has been a developing and educational process. It feels good to have come to the point where we signed a contract for the construction phase, and we look forward to further developing the implementation model”.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2022.