Vegurinn rofinn vi­ M˙lakvÝsl
12.07.2011

Vegsamband er rofið við Múlakvísl þar sem brúin yfir ána fór af í flóði snemma á laugardagsmorgun, 9. júlí.  Verið er að ferja bíla og fólk yfir ána á vörubílum og rútu, þannig að vegurinn er ekki lokaður.  Bent hefur verið á Fjallabaksleið nyrðri í stað þjóðvegar 1 en sú leið er eingöngu fær jeppum þar sem fara þarf yfir vöð.

skilti - car ferry

Nánari upplýsingar á www.vegagerd.is

 

Summary

  • People and smaller cars are transported by truck across Múlakvísl during the hours 08:00 to 22:00
  • Preparations for building a temporary bridge at Múlakvísl have begun
  • Traffic of full size four wheel drive vehicles is diverted to route 208, Fjallabaksleið nyrðri

General information
The glacial outburst flood at Múlakvísl ended yesterday. Route 1 is still breached at Múlakvísl but repairs are under way. Passengers and smaller passenger cars are transported across the river by trucks. Civil Protection, the Icelandic Roads Administration and the Icelandic Tourist Board are meeting with travel service providers at Vík this afternoon and at Kirkjubæjarklaustur this evening to survey the situation.

Mýrdalsjökull

Scientists flew over Mýrdalsjökull today to survey the state of the glacier. There were no significant changes in the glacier´s surface from Saturday and there is no indication of further floods or other activity. Part of the glacier is closed for traffic due to security reasons.

Road transport
The Icelandic Roads Administration has prepared a crossing for trucks over Múlakvísl. Three specially outfitted flatbed trucks transport smaller cars across the river and a specially equipped bus ferries passengers across the river. The police and two ICE-SAR teams ensure the security of passengers at the river crossing. This transport will be available from at least 08:00 hours in the morning until 22:00 hours in the evening, conditions permitting.

The Icelandic Roads Administration is also working on improving road signs in light of the situation, special efforts will be made to tailor signs to inform foreign travellers. The Icelandic Roads Administration also aims to improve the English version of www.vegagerdin.is especially with reference to road conditions in South Iceland. The web portal www.iceland.is will also carry information on the situation for travellers. Car rentals offer several options to their customers travelling in the area to ensure their safety and to limit as much as possible disruptions of travellers plans.

Law enforcement and rescue teams
Law enforcement and the presence of ICE-SAR rescue teams along route 208 has been increased. The speed limit there is 60 km/hour and 5 km /hour passing rivers and creeks. There is also an axle weight limit of 7 tons.

Two ICE-SAR rescue vehicles are on either side of Múlakvísl to ensure security at the crossing where passengers and cars are transported across the river.

Requests for assistance
If you need assistance from the police, ambulance or rescue teams call the Emergency Response Centre at 1-1-2

Further information

Civil Protection www.almannavarnir.is  

Icelandic Road Administration www.vegagerdin.is

Promote Iceland www.iceland.is


 

Further information

Further bulletins will be issued when the need arises.

Civil Protection and Emergency Management:  www.almannavarnir.is and www.sst.is

 

 

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