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E18 Motorway - “the wilderness motorway”
A Skanska Infrastructure Development-led consortium developed and now operates the 51.3 km E18 highway between Muurla and Lohjanharju in southern Finland. The road opened for traffic in January 2009 and completes a continuous motorway link between Turku and Helsinki. The new highway has improved safety and traffic flow by replacing the existing narrow, curving two-lane road, reducing accidents and shortening journey times.
The E18 is known as "the wilderness motorway" because it runs through an area rich in wildlife. An environmentally sustainable approach to the development was particularly important to minimise disruption.
Multilevel interchanges, separated lanes, animal fences and contouring also improve safety. The new road includes seven tunnels equipped with modern traffic control and emergency systems.
Lotta LagerstedtCommunications and Marketing Business Partner
Sähköposti Lotta Lagerstedt
Palvelut: Public Private Partnerships, Construction, Operations & Maintenance
Benefits for the community
Safer driving, faster journeys, higher traffic capacity, continuous motorway link between Turku and Helsinki, landscaping and design features reduce noise and environmental impact.
Skanska has made special efforts to keep local communities informed and comfortable with developments, and to build strong relationships.
The 2.2 kilometer Karnainen Tunnel runs underneath a wilderness area of great natural beauty, ideal for mushroom picking, scouting, picnics and skiing and encompassing woodland and two small lakes.
When the city which owns the area planned to cut down the trees for profit, our special purpose company joined forces with local people to save the area for the community.
Skanska built a year faster than the client believed possible, saving approximately €17M.
On Finland’s E18, dubbed “the wilderness motorway”, an environmentally sustainable approach to the development was particularly important to minimise disruption to the surrounding wildlife. Many natural tunnels make it possible for animals such as the stately moose to freely roam the area. At one point, an animal bridge has been created. A high game fence along the motorway protects both animals and drivers alike. The rare flying squirrels whose habitat is around the road are able to cross from tree to tree at 40 specially created points where the motorway has been narrowed. Finally, the need for local people to enjoy their environment has not been forgotten. The longest tunnel created for the motorway is 2.2 kilometres long. On top of this, two lakes complement the natural beauty of the area, which can be used for recreational activities such as mushroom-picking, scouting, orienteering and picnics.