Þingvallavegur road to reopen in autumn

Roadwork on Þingvallavegur in Þingvellir National Park is progressing well, according to Einar Már Magnússon, manager for the Icelandic Road Administration. A 9-km (5.6-mi) stretch of the road, leading through the national park, has been closed since July 30, while the road is being widened by 2 m (6.5 ft), a railing is being installed, in addition to other safety measures, he tells mbl.is.

The pavement has been removed on a 2-km (1.2 mi) section of the road, but it will be a few weeks before it is repaved. The plan is to complete work on this 2-km section this summer and fall, and the rest a year from now.

Traffic has been redirected to Vallavegur road, which lies along Þingvallavant lake. It is a narrow road, requiring slow driving. The road is not good enough for winter travel, which is why roadwork must be halted by winter, probably in October, for the reopening of Þingvallavegur road.

Traffic has gone reasonably well on Vallavegur road, despite its less than optimal condition, and no major incidents have occurred, Einar reports.

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