Snow will soon cover the roads, but meanwhile the asphalt work goes on several places on E105 between Russia’s border to Norway and Murmansk. Crews are laying down new asphalt between Nikel and Zapolyarny and near the military settlements in Pechenga. The road once infamous for its bumpy ride is soon becoming a comfortable drive linking two countries with more and more cross-border contact.
Better road gives more traffic. August and September this year were the two busiest months ever if counting number of border crossers. In September alone, 21.914 border crossings took place at Storskog, Borisoglebsk border station, up near 6.000 from the same month last year. The statistics are posted at the portal of the Norwegian police in charge of immigration.
New shortcut saves 15 minutes Teams of road constructers are working on both sides of the border, upgrading European highway E105. In Russia, the most substantial upgrade comes between the old border check point and the town of Zapolyarny. When the new road is ready in 2014, drivers from Murmansk to Kirkenes will no longer have to take the roundabout way via Nikel. With the shortcut, the route will save some 15 minutes.
Near the settlement of Pechenga, another shortcut with a new bridge over the river will be ready by next spring. The reconstruction work on road between Pechenga and the military settlement of Sputnik is now finished. The curves are gone and asphalt was laid down last month.
First tunnel on the route On the Norwegian side, E105 is one of very few road projects in Finnmark County with designated funding over the state budget next year. The construction work from the border check-point towards the Elvenes settlement is in progress and is expected to be ready by autumn 2013.
Next stage is from Elvenes to the cross where E105 meets E6 at Hesseng. This work starts next year with a new bridge over the Pasvik River and a new tunnel under Elvenes aiming to direct the increasing traffic out of residential area.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.