Underwater roundabout to open in Atlantic
Work on the first underwater roundabout to be constructed in the Atlantic Ocean has been completed and it will be open to traffic in a matter of weeks. The roundabout forms part of a new 11km-long tunnel beneath the ocean floor connecting two of the 18 Faroe Islands.
Tróndur Patursson, a Faroese artist, has created an 80m tall artwork for the roundabout’s centre, according to inews.
At its deepest, the sub-sea passageway, named the Eysturoytunnelin (Eysturoy tunnel), is 189 metres beneath the seabed.
In 2014, the Faroese parliament approved plans to construct the tunnel with the intention of connecting the capital city, Tórshavn, to two points on the island of Eysturoy – Runavik and Strendur.
The tunnel will shorten the distance between Tórshavn, which is on the largest and most populated island, Streymoy, to the two villages on Eysturoy from 55km to 17km. This slashes the driving time from more than an hour to just 16 minutes, according to the company behind the project, Estunlar.