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The road to nowhere!

It’s enough to make even the most fool-hardy of motorists turn their car around. But this apparent road to nowhere is merely an optical illusion dubbed the drunken bridge.

Situated on the west coast of Norway on the Atlantic Road, the Storseisundet Bridge is so dramatically shaped it has featured in television adverts.

It sits on the five-mile long road which was constructed in 2005 and has become hugely popular with tourists.

Trouble ahead: The intimidating bridge on Norway's Atlantic Road appears to be a real road to nowhere

Trouble ahead: The intimidating bridge on Norway’s Atlantic Road appears to be a real road to nowhere

Time to turn around? Storseisundet Bridge in Norway has motorists scared to continue but is merely an optical illusion

Time to turn around? Storseisundet Bridge in Norway has motorists scared to continue but is merely an optical illusion

Not so scary: The bridge seen from a different angle is much less intimidating

Not so scary: The bridge seen from a different angle is much less intimidating

The Storseisundet Bridge (Norwegian: Storseisundbrua) is the longest of the eight bridges that make up the Atlanterhavsveien (“The Atlantic Road”), the road connection from the mainland Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averøya in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.

The bridge sits on the border between Eide Municipality and Averøy Municipality and passes through an archipelago as it links mainland Norway with the island of Averoy. It is one of the country’s official national tourist routes. The bridge was described as “The road to nowhere” by the Daily Mail in 2011.

Storseisundet Bridge is a cantilever bridge that is 260 metres (850 ft) long and with a maximum clearance to the sea of 23 metres (75 ft). It was opened on 7 July 1989, and it was a toll road until June 1999.

Over the six years that it took to construct, workers struggled with the region’s wild weather and were interrupted by twelve hurricanes. One hundred and twenty-two million Norwegian krone were spent completing the project, seventy-five percent of which came from public grants. The rest of the funding was recovered with toll fees. The bridge was originally projected to recoup its investment in 15 years, but was completely paid for in ten years.

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