The 3,140km long E6 Highway is the primary road of both the Swedish west coast and the north-south region of Norway. The E6 Highway is among the most important highways of the Scandinavian zone, as it connects several key locations. It has been estimated that approximately 12,000 vehicles travel on the Swedish part of the highway, with one-fifth of those being heavy trucks.

The construction of the Hovinmoen-Dal part of the E6 Highway was carried out between 2007 and 2009. A four-lane highway was constructed as part of the project.

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Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Administration, has awarded a contract worth $70.12m for the construction of the final portion of the E6 Highway located in the south-western part of Sweden. The contract is for constructing the 7.5km stretch connecting Pålen and Tanumshede. The construction work commenced in January 2013 and will be completed in the middle of 2015.

The traffic flow on the E6 highway has been consistently increasing. Some portions of the highway at the northernmost part of Norway are not sufficiently wide, thus slowing down the heavy vehicles. In addition, there are many sharp curves, especially at the northern part of Trondheim.

Trafikverket is currently considering many safety and capacity improvements to the E6 highway, including construction of new interchanges, new roundabouts at a number of existing interchanges, new ramps, and so on.

Details of the E6 highway routes

The E6 highway links the major economic regions of Oresund, Gothenburg and Oslo. The route passes through the Swedish regions of Trelleborg, Malmö, Helsingborg, Halmstad, Gothenburg and Svinesund.

“The E6 Highway is among the most important highways of the Scandinavian zone.”

It then connects to Norway and covers the regions of Halden, Sarpsborg, Moss, Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer, Dombås, Oppdal, Melhus, Trondheim, Stjørdal, Verdal, Steinkjer, Grong, Mosjøen, Mo i Rana, Saltdal, Fauske, Narvik, Setermoen, Nordkjosbotn, Skibotn, Alta, Olderfjord, Lakselv, Karasjok, Varangerbotn and Kirkenes.

The route finally ends at the town centre of Kirkenes, close to the border of Russia and Norway.

The latest sections opened on the E6 highway include the Skee-Ejgst and Knäm-Lugnet sections (opened in 2012), the Tanumshede-Knäm section (opened in 2011), and the Rabbalshede-Pålen and Lugnet-Skee sections (opened in 2010).

Bridge construction on the E6 highway

The Swedish Road Administration has built four road bridges on the highway, all of which comprise big steel structures. The Uddevalla bridge was the first to be constructed, in 2000.

“The E6 highway links the major economic regions of Oresund, Gothenburg and Oslo.”

The construction of the Svinesund road bridge on the E6 Highway started in 2002 and was completed in 2005. The bridge, which crosses the Ide Fjord and links Sweden and Norway, is among the world’s biggest single arch bridges.

Two more bridges were constructed on the E6 Highway crossing Dynekilen and Sorkilen, in 2008. Using big steel structures to construct the bridges not only reduced the duration of construction, but also ensured that disruption caused to traffic flow was minimal. The length of all four bridges together is 600m.

Contractors involved with the E6 highway construction

Bilfinger Berger, Ingenieurbüro Meye and Schubert were the primary contractors and structural engineers for the Svinesund road bridge construction work.

Finland-based Ruukki (Rautaruukki Corp) supplied the steel structures for three bridges, at a cost of approximately €2.5m ($3.76m).

The chief construction contractor for the Hovinmoen-Dal roadway was Mesta. The value of the contract awarded to Mesta was €70m ($90.92m).

Veidekke Construction built the two bridges on the highway across Dynekilen and Sorkilen, under a contract worth SEK165m ($21.22m) awarded by the Swedish Road Administration.

The construction contract for the last part of the E6 Highway, between Pålen and Tanumshede, has been awarded to Skanska.


Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Swedish National Road Administration jointly provided the funds required for the Svinesund road bridge construction work.