Fighting Snow on Highways is Carried Out with 13 Thousand Personnel

Fighting Snow on Highways is Carried Out with 13 Thousand Personnel
Fighting Snow on Highways is Carried Out with 13 Thousand Personnel

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that with the new chiefdom established on an area of ​​30 thousand square meters on the Ankara-Kırıkkale Road, the highways will provide a much more effective service to Kırıkkale and its surroundings, and said, “Our new facility, which we opened on this winter day, when we started to feel the effects of the cold weather intensely, especially with snow. It will be able to carry out much more effective activities within the scope of the struggle.” Stating that the fight against snow is carried out with 11 thousand machines and 13 thousand personnel, Karaismailoğlu also gave advice to the citizens who will set off in the winter.

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu attended the opening ceremony of Kırıkkale 44th Branch Chief. Stating that the “New Age of Transportation and Communication”, which started in Turkey 19 years ago, continues with an accelerated development and transformation process, Karaismailoğlu said, “This is to integrate the world into our geography, shaped by holistic development-oriented mobility, digitalization and logistics dynamics in the fields of transportation and communication. It points to an ambitious process aimed at It means that the transportation and communication sectors will assume important roles for the future of Turkey as the main locomotives of development in every field, especially in the economy, as it has been experienced until now.


In the new transformation process initiated on behalf of Turkey; Expressing that they have great responsibilities as the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Karaismailoğlu said that with this awareness, they determined the needs of Turkey and they built their plans on the basis of investment, employment, production and export. Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport, said, “As well as all our sectors, our General Directorate of Highways has great responsibilities in order for our country to reach its investment, employment, production and export-based goals”.

“In line with these goals, we will continue to serve our country and our nation on the prosperous path that our President opened for us by saying 'The road is civilization'. As the Ministry responsible for the transportation, communication and infrastructure of our country, we implement major projects that will carry our country into the future and work to shed light on the future of our country. Worn and damaged roads were transformed into double-lane roads in a short time, in line with the needs of the age, by our Ministry. Instead of old equipment, we have incorporated highly technological tools. We didn't complain like some people, we always tried. In 19 years, we have invested approximately 1 trillion 145 billion liras in Turkey's transportation and communication infrastructure by our Ministry. We spent 698 billion of this on highways.”


Karaismailoğlu stated that they increased the length of the divided road, which was 2003 thousand 6 kilometers in 101, to over 28 thousand 530 kilometers, and that they also increased the length of the bridge and viaduct to 724 kilometers. Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that they have increased the total tunnel length from 50 kilometers to 600 kilometers by 650 kilometers, and made the following assessments:

“Thanks to the divided roads, we have increased the average speed on our roads from 40 kilometers to 88 kilometers. We reduced the accident rate due to road defect to almost zero. Although the number of vehicles increased by 2003 percent and vehicle mobility by 2020 percent between 170 and 150, we reduced the loss of life by 81 percent thanks to our infrastructure development efforts. Again, thanks to our divided roads, we saved 22 billion TL per year. We have produced approximately 4,5 million tons less CO2 emissions. As a workforce, we saved approximately 315 million hours, in other words 12 billion 965 million TL. In addition to the divided roads, we also attach great importance to the high performance, longevity and safety of all roads in our country. Between 2003 and 2020, we did an average of 14 thousand 20 kilometers of asphalt paving work per year. We have increased the length of the BSK Coated road to 29 thousand kilometers. Thus, we made 68 percent of the 541 thousand 42 kilometers divided road network under the responsibility of our General Directorate of Highways covered with BSK.


Emphasizing that they are connecting every province of Turkey with divided roads in order for the farmer to deliver the product in his field and the goods produced by the industrialists to the needy faster and for the tradesmen to do safer trade, Karaismailoğlu said, “Every corner of our country is now Turkey with every kilometer of road, bridge, viaduct and tunnel we have built. It became the center of the city,” he said.


Pointing out that Kırıkkale has received the share it deserves from these investments and will continue to do so, Karaismailoğlu continued his speech as follows:

“Kırıkkale, which is at the crossroads of the roads stretching to the East via Yozgat-Sivas, to the Central Black Sea via Çorum, and to the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast via Kayseri, is the gateway of the Capital Ankara to the east. Thanks to our industrial investments in recent years, Kırıkkale has grown and become one of the important trade centers of the region. Kırıkkale 40th Branch Chief's campus, which has been serving under the Ankara 4th Regional Directorate of Highways for the last 44 years, has remained within the rapidly expanding residential area of ​​Kırıkkale. This unit we opened; We have moved our services to a point where they can perform more conveniently. Here, we have established a modern facility that can fully meet the needs of the age. With the new chiefdom established on an area of ​​30 thousand square meters on the Ankara-Kırıkkale Road, our highways will provide a much more effective service to Kırıkkale and its surroundings. Our new facility, which we opened on this winter day, when we started to feel the effects of cold weather intensely, will be able to carry out much more effective activities, especially within the scope of combating snow.”


Explaining that the General Directorate of Highways will continue to fight snow and ice on the basis of working 7 hours a day, 24 days a week, Karaismailoğlu said that measures to ensure the safety of life and property on the roads will be increased. “These works are carried out with 446 thousand machinery and equipment, as well as 11 thousand personnel in 13 snow-fighting centers throughout the country,” said Minister of Transport, Karaismailoğlu, adding, “890 snow-fighting vehicles deployed in critical areas are equipped with cameras, and 4 thousand 500 snow-fighting vehicles are Vehicle Tracking System. followed by. 540 thousand tons of salt, 340 cubic meters of salt aggregate, 8 thousand tons of chemical de-icing and salt solution for critical sections, and 700 tons of urea were stored in snow-fighting centers. On our roads, 822 kilometers of snow trenches were built on the sections where the traffic flow is difficult or closed due to the type and breeze. Thus, in case of encountering any negativity, immediate intervention is ensured and coordination is ensured with the relevant parties. In addition, in the snow control center established under the General Directorate of Highways; route analysis, snow-fighting works, opened-closed roads and instant traffic are monitored and followed by monitors. We can always monitor the weather and road conditions from our centers," he said.

RECOMMENDATION FROM MINISTER KARAİSMAİLOĞLU to “prepare the vehicles you are driving for winter conditions”

Karaismailoğlu, who used the expressions "As important as this study and the measures taken by the General Directorate of Highways, is the responsibility of our citizens who use snowy and icy roads" and made the following recommendations to the citizens:

“First of all, from all our citizens, in times of heavy snow and blizzard; If it is not an essential situation, I would like to ask them not to insist on travel for the safety of both themselves and the road crews. I recommend our drivers who have to travel in these snowy and cold weathers to get information about the travel route before they set off. They should never enter the roads that were closed during the snow-fighting works. Let them prepare their vehicles for winter conditions. Let them have winter tires fitted, if any, and have snow chains in their vehicles.”


As a result of the approach that has given priority to works and services since 2003, many works have been brought to Turkey. kazanKaraismailoğlu, Minister of Transport, said:

“We have completed and put into service many giant transportation projects such as Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Osmangazi Bridge, Eurasia Tunnel, İzmir-İstanbul, Ankara-Niğde and Northern Marmara Highway. We introduced our country to firsts in the field of communication. As you know, we launched our Türksat 5A communication satellite into orbit at the beginning of this year and put it into service in June. Last week, we sent our Türksat 5B communication satellite to Space Vatan. We are continuing the integration and testing studies of Türksat 6A with completely national resources at TAI. On the 100th anniversary of our Republic, we will take our place among the few countries in the world that can build their own satellites. Our main source of motivation is our sine qua non for national economic independence; is the added value we provide to holistic development. To this end: 'We will grow together, all together kazanWe will rise, we will rise together'. In the next period, as the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we will continue to serve our people and set an example to the world by realizing many more big projects in line with the 2023, 2053 and 2071 targets.”

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