Skanska, a prominent construction enterprise, has successfully entered into a contract with the esteemed Norwegian Road Authority (NPRA) to embark on the construction of the highly anticipated E18 highway in Norway. This momentous agreement, valued at a staggering NOK 4.6 billion (approximately SEK 4.6 billion), will be incorporated into the Nordic order bookings for the second quarter of 2023.The contractual scope encompasses the meticulous design and construction of an extensive 2.3-kilometer stretch of the E18 motorway, comprising dual three-lane carriageways connecting Fornebukrysset and Strand near Oslo. Moreover, the project entails the establishment of an unbroken primary cycling route throughout the entire section and the development of a novel local access road leading to Fornebu. Additionally, the undertaking involves the construction of two critical tunnels, namely the 660-meter Høvik Tunnel and the 440-meter Gjønnes Tunnel. Comprehensive enhancements to the neighboring local road systems, incorporating pedestrian walkways and cycling paths, are also integral components of the venture. Notably, the project aims to attain environmental certification in accordance with BREEAM Infrastructure at the esteemed "Excellent" level, underscoring its commitment to sustainability.Anticipated commencement of construction is scheduled for the summer of 2023, with an expected project completion date in early 2030. This undertaking forms an integral part of the expansive E18 Western Corridor initiative, an ambitious endeavor aimed at establishing an advanced highway network spanning from Lysaker in Bærum to Drengsrud in Asker municipality. The implementation of the new E18 highway will effectively replace one of Norway's most congested road sections, addressing prevailing challenges such as traffic congestion, limited accessibility for public transportation, and pervasive issues of noise and air pollution.