As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we have implemented very large projects to improve the transport infrastructure of our country since 2003. We have equipped Turkey’s all corners with megaprojects.
We have implemented the world’s largest highway projects. We have started the İstanbul-İzmir Highway, Kuzey Marmara Highway, and Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Savaştepe Highway projects. We are completing them one by one. We put the İstanbul-İzmir Highway’s routes of Balıkesir North and West intersections and Akhisar-Saruhanlı intersections into service last month. We have completed 80 percent of this giant project. Currently, the travel time between İstanbul-İzmir is down to 4 hours. We will open the remaining segments to traffic and put the project into service in the next 6 months.
We put Çatalca-Yassıören section, Habibler-Başakşehir intersections and Kurtköy-Akyazı section’s 4th Segment of the Northern Marmara Highway into service also in March. We have provided the connection between the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway and the Northern Marmara Highway, as well as the Yavuz Sultan Bridge and the Osmangazi Bridge, by opening to traffic the 4th Segment, which is the section of the Northen Marmara Highway that includes Kurtköy-Harbor Junction line and port connection road.
The travel time from Çatalca to the İstanbul Airport is now down to 13 minutes with the opening of Çatalca Yassıören Odayeri segment. Again, the trip that used to take about 2 hours, 3 hours during rush hours, from Çatalca to the Anatolian Side and Kurtköy is now down to 50 minutes. We mounted the steel shafts on the tower caisson foundations of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge. After the completion of this process, we will soon start the installation of the steel tower.
We consider our duty as a competition to serve, which will be instrumental in the unity, togetherness, and brotherhood of our country. For this reason, we will continue to complete these giant projects one by one and to bring new giant services for our nation.
M. Cahit TURHAN
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure