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AFRY to design permanent road connection to Hailuoto island near Oulu, Finland

Thu, 03/24/2022 - 09:00

AFRYs strong contribution to Finnish alliance projects continues as we are chosen as one of the engineering partners in the Hailuoto Causeway project. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency has selected AFRY, Plaana, Ponvia and GRK as the alliance partners to build a 8,4 kilometers long causeway, replacing the current ferry service.    

Hailuoto is located approximately 50 kilometers from Oulu and is the largest island in the Bothnian bay. The plan is to build a causeway between Oulu and Hailuoto Island, replacing the current ferry service. The 8.4 kilometers long causeway consists of a road running on top of an embankment and two 750-metre-long bridges.

The road connection will improve Hailuoto’s accessibility nationally and regionally, enable better transport links to the island and local businesses, and widen the area where Hailuoto residents can look for work.

- We are able to combine our wide expertise network and local know-how in this project. Together with excellent partners, we will start to develop a significant road project that has impacts far in the future, says Mikko Inkala, Head of Transport Infrastructure, AFRY Finland.

The project starts with a development phase, approximately in late March 2022. During this phase, a construction plan will be created and the project implementation prepared. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency will then make a separate decision on the implementation phase of the project. This phase can begin once the water permit decision for the project becomes effective. The actual construction of the causeway can be started in spring 2023 at the earliest, and the causeway could be ready by the end of 2025 at the earliest.

Four tenderers participated in the tender.

- It’s great to get to the development phase together with the selected alliance partners. We can utilize the expertise of the designer, contractor and client for the best of the project, says Terhi Honkarinta, Project Manager at the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.

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