Minister Turhan attended the opening ceremony of Balıkesir north and west intersections and Akhisar-Saruhanlı intersections route of Istanbul-İzmir Motorway, where President Erdogan opened with a video conference.
The first live connection made by President Erdoğan was opened for the 29-kilometer section between Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Motorway Balıkesir North and West Intersection. Watching the images of the area where the Governor of Balıkesir Ersin Yazıcı is present, Erdogan said, “How? Is it worthy of İzmir, is it worthy of Balıkesir? ” used expressions.
On the connection to the opening ceremony of the 24,5-kilometer section of the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Motorway between Akhisar-Saruhanlı, the people watching the images with the citizens and “Is it beautiful?” Erdogan said, "If there is a road, there is civilization, there is no road." said.
In his speech, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure in the area where the opening was held, Mehmet Cahit Turhan reminded that some parts of the Istanbul-Izmir Motorway were previously opened to traffic.
Stating that the aim of the project is 80 percent, Turhan said, “After today, Istanbul-Izmir traffic drops to 4 hours. In the next 6 months, by the end of the summer this year, the entire project will be put into service by opening the remaining sections to traffic. We put this project, which is worth 10 billion dollars, into service with the build-operate-transfer model without spending public resources. With the commissioning of the project, traffic jams and intensities experienced during city passes will be over. ” gave information. The opening was held after the speech of Minister Turhan.