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This article describes the road system in Finland, and outlines some Finnish construction and road research projects. Despite some of the world's worst weather conditions, Finland can keep its public road network open during the harshest winter. It has a sophisticated transport network, accompanied by traffic and pavement management systems. Its road network has over 37,000km of roads, of which 77,600km are public roads, including 48,800km of paved roads and 12,900km of bridges. The article includes a map of Finland's major roads and main towns and cities. The Finnish National Road Administration (FinnRA), which is responsible for the public road network, is government-owned but may become partly privatised in 1998. Work has just been completed on the eastern bypass of Tampere, Finland's second largest city. It included the construction of a complex interchange, where prefabricated units of steel box girders were used to erect curved ramp bridges. There is a huge landscaping project among the bypass, involving extensive planting of trees and bushes, and installation of noise screens and embankments near housing. Finland is especially expert in the use of light pavements on low-volume roads. One Finnish research programme extended asphalt surface performance by 25% and cut its production costs simultaneously.

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  • Accession Number: 00722436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM