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Improvements of Busiest Highway are Urgent

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Improvements of Busiest Highway are Urgent

Storm on Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Municipal authorities and residents of Reykjanesbær, Southwest Iceland, believe it’s urgent to complete adding a second lane on Reykjanesbraut, the road that connects the capital area with Keflavík International Airport, RÚV reports. Too many fatal accidents have occurred there recently, they state, and there are no plans to proceed with the project. A well-attended meeting was held at Stapi community center in Reykjanesbær last night.

Ísak Kristinsson, who represents the Stopp group, fighting for road improvements in the area, remarked, “Reykjanesbraut is the busiest highway in the country, and traffic can be expected to increase by 13 percent this year, based on the amount of traffic so far this year. Accident data tell us a lot. Three people have died this year, one on Reykjanesbraut, two on Grindavíkurvegur road. All of this is within our area of work and service.”

Minister of Transport and Local Government Jón Gunnarsson stated that ISK 1,200 million (USD 10.8 million, EUR 10 million) will be spent on projects there this year. He stated, “That will solve major problems, the Krýsuvík intersection and roundabouts which will substantially increase traffic safety and decrease the risk of accidents.”

Jón would like to consider new ways of funding the road system. “We’re adding ISK 4.6 billion (USD 42 million, EUR 38 million) to transport projects this year, and I’m hopeful that some more funding will possibly be added next year; then, we must think outside the box.” Road tolls are an option his ministry is considering.

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