Road stories

Glimpses from road history in Norway

Illustration 1 © NPRA. Illustrations 2 and 3 © Tommy Gildseth.

This year the Norwegian Public Roads Administration celebrates 150 years in service. Its origins date back to 1846 when the then newly inaugurated Ministry of Interior established the position of Road Assistant in the Office of Roads. Then, after a lengthy struggle to professionalise the road construction industry, the position was changed from Road Assistant to Director of Roads in 1864, becoming the administration that still exists today.