“One lives as long as he dreams…” This line by late Yahya Kemal has something to tell us. Dreams are as important as the truth not only for us as individuals but also for institutions and societies.
Our dream was already evident; to make every point of this country accessible, because we know that the road is never just a road. The road is civilization; the road is horizon; the road is vision; the road is unity; the road is friendship. Great civilizations are built on great roads. The road means transportation, industry, production, tourism, culture, safety, development. That’s why we connect all over Turkey via highways, airports and high-speed train lines. İstanbul-İzmir Motorway, which we put into service last month, is a successful product of this dream.
This project will be a major driving factor in the commercial and industrial development of the region as well as providing the safest and fastest means of transportation for our citizens. You see that thanks to this project, the industry, and economy of Yalova, Bursa, Balıkesir, Manisa and the surrounding provinces will grow significantly. New investments in the region will be following in succession. For this reason, İzmir-İstanbul Motorway has a structure that will affect all of our country, especially Western Anatolia and Thrace. It will increase the export capacity of the region and our country; it is an important project for the future of our country. This is an important proof that we are not only thinking of today but also of tomorrow of our country. As we have always said, we are not only thinking about the present but also about the future of this country. We are working by adding the decades before Turkey in the calculation by laying the foundations for 2023 even 2071 because we do not look at the world with blinkers on while thinking for our country. We think big.