The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, M. Cahit Turhan, who visited and examined the construction in the Izmir Istanbul Motorway Balıkesir section, made one of the important transportation axes that connect the Marmara Region of the Istanbul İzmir Motorway to the Aegean Region, the Western Mediterranean and the Western Anatolia Region. He said he would be.
Reminding that the construction work of the project started in 2010, Turhan said, “We have come to 2019, we are at the completion stage. Hopefully, we will open our entire project to service in the coming days. In our project up to now, 201 kilometers of the main body and 33 kilometers of connection roads have been put into service in the past years. In the coming days, we will open a total of 183 kilometers of sections, 9 kilometers of which are the main body and 192 kilometers of connection roads. ” he spoke.
404 kilometers from Istanbul Izmir
Turhan stated that the total length between Istanbul and Izmir is 404 kilometers and he said: N The 20 kilometers of this project were built within the scope of Bursa Ring Road. There will be a highway project that will reduce the current state road between 515 kilometers between Istanbul and Izmir to 404 kilometers. The current road was a project that was completed and put into service in the early years of our government's divided roadwork program, at the beginning of the 2000 years. We are implementing this project in order to make a high-standard road in which our country's development, growth and consequently the increased traffic volume on our roads will be transferred (safer, more comfortable and more economical). ”
It will be possible to reach İzmir from Istanbul in 3,5 hours.
Turhan emphasized that thanks to the project, drivers will save time and fuel, and said:
“Our current road, now the road between Istanbul and Izmir could be covered in 8,5 hours. In other words, the speed of the average traffic could be taken between 40-45 kilometers. This new road will be able to reach İzmir from Istanbul in 404 hours under normal conditions and under suitable operating conditions with the 3,5 km Istanbul-Izmir Highway. This will save the road users with a significant economic contribution and save time and fuel, and on this route will provide important opportunities and conveniences especially for the transportation of industrial products, agricultural products of our country to both domestic and international. ”
7 Billion Dollar Investment
Turhan recalled that 7 billion dollars have been spent for the project so far: “2,5 billion pounds have been spent by the administration for expropriation. To date, an average of 5 thousand people have found jobs at the construction site. When the project is completed, when the construction works are completed, close to 1000 people will be employed in the maintenance and operation services of this project. In this sense, it is seen from these figures that this project will make significant contributions to both transportation service and employment to our economy. I hope that when the project is completed and put into service in the coming days, the road users will benefit from and benefit from the economic and economic savings I mentioned. ”
Minister Turhan, 7 billion dollars of financing spent for the project, the project is met by the responsible company to make and run the project, he added that a public resource is not used.
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