Skanska has secured a contract from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to carry out preparatory work for a section of the new E18 highway between Fornebukrysset and Strand outside Oslo, Norway.

The Nkr930m ($111m) contract will be included in the company’s Nordic order bookings for the second quarter of this year.

The contract is part of the E18 Western Corridor project, which will involve building a highway road between Lysaker in Bærum and Drengsrud in Asker municipality.

The new E18 will replace one of the busiest road sections in the country, addressing traffic issues, poor accessibility for public transport and high levels of noise and air pollution.

The project will involve demolition and remediation works, as well as building a surface water route and foundations for provisional bridges and permanent and provisional structures.

It will also involve building parts of local roads in the surrounding areas.

Skanska said that its work will be in accordance with CEEQUAL, an internationally recognised infrastructure certification standard.

Construction works at the site are expected to begin in June and be complete in February 2023.

Skanska said that the E101 Preparatory work Fornebukrysset–Strand is the second out of the two preparatory contracts to be carried out before starting main works on the E18 Western Corridor project. The company secured the first contract last September.

In December, Skanska won a contract from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for the construction of a motorway between Bærum and Hole municipality in Eastern Norway.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for transforming the narrow road into a modern four-lane motorway. The road will serve as an important exit and transport route in Eastern Norway.