Our Ministry, responsible for our country’s transport and IT infrastructure, has realized very large projects to shed light on the future of our nation and to carry our country into the future for the last 16 years, enabling the realization of dreams. It has realized this within the aim of a single goal. Bringing our nation above the level of contemporary civilizations, which is pointed out by the founder of our Republic the great Atatürk. In this context, we have implemented the world’s largest projects and continue to do so.
Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Savaştepe Motorway Project, including the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, is one of the few important projects not only in Turkey but also in the world. On the 102nd anniversary of the Çanakkale Victory, we laid the foundation of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge almost two years ago. This month, we’ve dug the tower caissons at -45 meters on the Asian side and -37 meters on the European side. Now, we have reached a point where we can watch the feet of the bridge rise.
When this giant bridge is completed 3 years later, it will not only be an alternative to the Edirne-İstanbul-İzmit-Bursa route used by the vehicles going from Europe to the Aegean Region but will become the main road. It will not only improve the economy of the region but will also improve its industry. This project will strengthen the international position of our country as a bridge, and will also gain the widest mid-span strait of the world to Turkey.
And I believe that the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge is beyond being a giant project; it is the proof of the bright future of Turkey. It is defiance against those who want to take our country back tens of years and who want to restrain our future. It is the biggest indicator of our government’s not recognizing any obstacle to invest in its nation, to bring services, to move above the level of the contemporary civilizations, and Turkey’s becoming the leading country in the region.