Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer examined the works carried out in the first phase of the giant transportation project that will provide an uninterrupted connection between the city center and the Izmir Intercity Bus Terminal. Walking on the 850-meter-long viaduct in front of the terminal, the construction of which has largely been completed, Mayor Soyer said, “We put the viaducts into service in the first months of the year. When the tunnel is completed, the transportation from Konak to the Bus Station will decrease from 45 minutes to 10 minutes.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues its works to complete the tunnel and viaduct project that will directly connect the Izmir Intercity Bus Terminal to the city center. 2 percent of the construction of 2 viaducts, 1 highway underpasses and 96 overpass, constituting the first phase of the giant project, has been completed. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer examined the productions in front of the Izmir Intercity Bus Terminal and walked on the 850-meter viaduct construction. Mayor Tunç Soyer was accompanied by Özgür Ozan Yılmaz, Head of Science Department of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, and engineers involved in the project. Stating that they will put the connection road, which will cost 110 million lira, into service in the first months of the new year, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Soyer said, “We are on the viaducts, which we are in the process of completing, opposite the Izmir Intercity Bus Terminal. We put the viaducts into service in the first months of the year. The greatest happiness of a mayor is to see a project come to life and put into service. This is a great happiness and excitement,” he said.
1 billion investment
President Soyer said that when the "Connection Road Project between Buca-Onat Street and Intercity Bus Terminal and Ring Road" is completed, the 45-minute journey from Konak route to İzmir Intercity Bus Terminal will decrease to 10 minutes.
“Due to the increase in the use of private vehicles after the pandemic, the use of public transportation decreased and the traffic load increased. We are trying to find solutions to alleviate this burden. We have to implement our ideas faster. We have works on dozens of topics such as underpasses, overpasses, pedestrianization projects, strengthening sea transportation, encouraging the use of bicycles. One of our most important works that will ease Izmir traffic is the viaduct and tunnel project. In a short time, we will connect the viaducts, the construction of which we have completed at a rate of 96 percent, and put them into service. Thus, we will relieve the traffic on the route until the entrance of the tunnel before the tunnel construction is completed. We went out to tender for the longest tunnel in İzmir, which will cost 1 billion liras, together with the side connection roads. The tender process continues”.
What was done?
Construction of the Connection Road between Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Buca Onat Street and the Intercity Bus Terminal and the Ring Road The First Stage supply work includes the construction of 850 viaducts, 2 underpasses and 2 overpass on a 1-meter route. 2 underpasses and 1 overpass were completed and put into service. Viaducts are also 96 percent complete. 45 beams were mounted on 550 viaduct legs. After a short while, the two viaducts will be connected to each other and asphalt will be laid on the viaducts by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Department of Science Affairs teams.
Traffic in front of the terminal will be relieved
Viaducts and underpasses will relieve vehicle traffic in front of Bornova and the terminal. With the commissioning of the viaducts, the traffic jam created by the vehicles coming from Kamil Tunca Boulevard, Işıkkent and the Ring Road at the junction in front of the İzmir Intercity Terminal will be prevented. Vehicles coming from the Ring Road will use the viaduct to pass to Kamil Tunca Boulevard. Vehicle traffic coming from Buca and Altındağ will be taken to viaducts and a Ring Road connection will be provided. In this way, vehicles in front of the terminal will not wait at the light and will pass quickly. Thanks to the underpasses that were put into service under the viaduct, vehicles coming from Kamil Tunca Boulevard were able to reach Işıkkent in a short time, and vehicles coming from Konak direction were able to reach Bornova in a short time.
Tender for the tunnel
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues its works to complete the "Buca Tunnel", one of the important legs of the project, which will provide uninterrupted transportation between Buca and Bornova. Due to the withdrawal of the contractor company, a tender was held again for the rapid completion of the tunnel construction, which was left unfinished. Tender for tunnel construction was made; The tender process continues. In addition to the tunnel, 2 underpasses, 8 culverts, 5 intersections, 2 overpasses and walls will be built in the third and fourth stages of the project. The 7,1-kilometer route is 35 meters wide and consists of a total of 3 lanes divided into 3 arrivals and 6 departures, and a 2,5-kilometer double tube deep tunnel. The tunnel will be 7,5 meters high and 10,6 meters wide. The tunnel construction will facilitate access to the intercity bus terminal from Konak with the viaducts that are planned to be completed by the end of the year. The total length of the project, which will give a breath of fresh air to urban traffic, will reach 7,1 kilometers. When the tunnel is completed, it will have the title of the longest road tunnel in İzmir. Its construction will be completed in 3 years.
The bus station will be reached without entering the city traffic
With the tunnel and viaduct project, Çamlık, Mehtap, İsmetpaşa, Ufuk, Ferahlı, Ulubatlı, Mehmet Akif, Saygı, Atamer, Çınartepe, Center, Zafer, Birlik, Koşukavak, Çamkule, Meriç, Yeşilova and Karacaoğlan neighborhoods are crossed and from Bornova Kemalpaşa Street to the Otogar 'Bus Station'. A link will be provided. Vehicles passing through the longest tunnel of İzmir via Homeros Boulevard and Onat Street will be able to reach the Bus Station and the ring road without getting into the heavy traffic of the city. When the giant investment is completed, urban traffic will be relieved, and Homeros Boulevard in Buca will be connected to İzmir Intercity Bus Terminal in Işıkkent without entering the city traffic.