Two Distant Cities Encounter

Antalya and Mersin, which are known as the most remote neighboring cities, will get closer with the Mediterranean Coast Road project.
Due to its steep ramps and sharp bends lined up one after another, the Mersin-Antalya highway, where the drivers attribute a "harsh road", requires that drivers coming from opposite directions stop their vehicles from time to time.
Works are continuing within the scope of the Mediterranean Coastal Road project, which was launched in 2003 by the General Directorate of Highways for safe travel between the two provinces.
When the project is completed, the distance between Mersin and Antalya will shorten the 20 mileage and the winding roads will be replaced by divided roads. 8-1 hours will be reduced after the project is completed.
Most of the time, day and night without the distinction of work as a result of the studies, the drivers will be able to travel more safely on divided roads.
Highways 5. Deputy Regional Director Bülent Hacak, AA correspondent, said the project covers the distance between Antalya and Mersin to 437 kilometers, he said.
Stating that the 227-kilometer section between Kaledran village on the Antalya border and Mersin is under the responsibility of the 5th Regional Directorate of Highways, Hacak said, “The 158-kilometer section has been completed. "The work continues in 69 different places in the remaining 5 kilometers section."
Stating that some changes were made in the project, Hacak gave the following information: “The number of tunnels, which is 7 between Mersin and Kaledran, increased to 22. With the new viaducts that we will make between Melleç-Kaledran, whose project design studies are ongoing, the number of viaducts has increased to 14. At this point, when the project works are completed, we will start one or two tenders according to the size of the work and this year we will start working in this region. 2 million lira has been spent for the project, which will cost 200 billion 450 million liras. We aim to complete the hot asphalt pouring work this year as well. ”Hacak said that the sections whose work has already started will be completed by the end of 2014.
Mersin Tourism Platform President Numan Olcar stated that transportation facilities are of great importance for the development of tourism, and Mersin, which has a significant potential in this regard, has not yet been able to get a share of the desired level of tourism cake due to transportation difficulties.
Reminding that Mersin's transportation with Antalya is difficult, Olcar said: “As a result of our efforts, our connections with Antalya are getting stronger. Also, it is very hopeful that an airport with international standards will be built in Mersin. When these two studies are done, we think that the region will develop in the field of tourism. Right next to Mersin, Antalya is an important actor in tourism. However, the provinces cannot trigger each other due to the distance between the city centers and the difficulty of transportation. When completed it will be thrown in the Mediterranean coastal road is a very serious step for Turkey tourism. Antalya and Mersin are not competitors, but complementary. The road between the two provinces will be an extremely important advantage. We look forward to the completion of the work. ”

Source: CAIRO



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