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Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway
The Atlantic Ocean Road or the Atlantic Road (Norwegian: Atlanterhavsveien) is a 8.3-kilometer (5.2 mi) long section of County Road 64 that runs through an archipelago in Eide and Averoy in More og Romsdal Norway. It passes by Hustadvika an unsheltered part of the Norwegian Sea connecting the island of Averoy with the mainland and Romsdalshalvoya peninsula. It runs between the villages of Karvag on Averoy and Vevang in Eida. It is built on several small islands and skerries which are connected by several causeways viaducts and eight bridges the most prominent being Storseisundet Bridge. The route was originally proposed as a railway line in the early 20th century but this was abandoned. Serious planning of the road started in the 1970s and construction started on 1 August 1983. During construction the area was hit by 12 European windstorms. The road was opened on 7 July 1989 having cost 122 million Norwegian krone (NOK) of which 25 percent was financed with tolls and the rest from public grants. Collection of tolls was scheduled to run for 15 years but by June 1999 the road was paid off and the toll removed. The road is preserved as a cultural heritage site and is classified as a National Tourist Route. It is a popular site to film automotive commercials has been declared the worlds best road trip and been awarded the title as Norwegian Construction of the Century. In 2009 the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel opened from Averoy to Kristiansund together they form a second fixed link between Kristiansund and Molde.