Towards the end of the Eurasia Tunnel Project

Towards the end of the Eurasia Tunnel Project: The Eurasia Tunnel Project, which is one of the best engineering projects in the world and will cross the Bosphorus with a highway tube, is approaching the end. The 100-minute journey between the continents will be reduced to 15 minutes with this project.

The last 15 months have been entered in the Eurasia Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing), which is one of the best engineering projects in the world and will connect the Asian and European continents with a tube crossing. According to the contract, the tunnel, which is planned to be put into service in August 2017, is planned to be opened at the end of 2016.

Citizens will be able to reach Göztepe from Kazlıçeşme in a very short time thanks to the project, which will reduce the journey that will take 100 minutes between continents to 15 minutes.

The work of the project, which will connect Asia and Europe for the first time, by road under the seabed, continues intensely.

The total length of the tunnel of 5 thousand 400 meters of the project, which is under the Bosphorus, was passed in 3 days.

The deepest point of the tunnel, which will have a total length of 14 thousand 600 meters with its connection roads, will be located at a depth of 106,4 meters in the Bosphorus.

Relieve traffic, contribute to economy

City traffic is expected to pass through the 130 thousand vehicles a day, the city traffic will be relieved. When the tunnel is completed in the amount of emissions by shortening travel time, realized reduction in fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs will be ensured contribute to Turkey's economy.

After the project, which is stated to be respectful to the silhouette of Istanbul, it is expected to experience a noticeable relief in the traffic density, especially in the east of the Historic Peninsula, on the Bosphorus, Galata and Unkapanı bridges.

The two-lane 2 high-rise tunnel will only allow the use of small buses, minibuses and cars.

Six-month-old excavation of two continents united under the sea floor

Two continents were joined under the seabed with the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), which was specially produced for the project and proceeds by digging a route of 3 thousand 344 meters under the Bosphorus. The process ended 6 months early, thanks to the intense work carried out during the excavations.

The excavations started on the Asian side with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 19 April 2014, and ended on the European side with a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Feridun Bilgin.

The CPC, which was developed specifically for the project, completed the 8-10 meters under the sea floor and completed the 3 bin 344 meter excavation.

Turkey, the Eurasian Transition project with the Open era in tunneling technology, the realization will have one of the world's most successful engineering works.

1 billion 245 million dollar investment

The Eurasia Tunnel Project is realized with a financing of approximately 1 billion 245 million dollars with the Build-Operate-Transfer model. While an international loan of 960 million dollars was provided for the investment, 285 million dollars of equity was provided by Yapı Merkezi and SK E&C.

In the tunnel consisting of 1.672 ring, seismic ring was mounted at two different points to increase the durability of the tunnel against a possible major earthquake. In addition, high performance precast concrete used in the production of the bracelets in the tunnel was produced in Yapı Merkezi facilities, with the aim of 100 year service period.

Segment life span is reported to be at least 127 years in analysis and simulations conducted by the international certification body. Eurasia Tunnel Operation Construction and Investment Inc., which will perform the design and construction of the project in which the 2 employee is employed, the total 124 work machine, will undertake the operation of the tunnel for 250 year 24 month.

There is no expenditure on public resources for project investment. With the completion of the operation period, Eurasia will be transferred to the public. In the opening of vehicle tolls 4 dollars, except for the first year VAT for automobiles in one direction, will be applied as 6 dollars excluding VAT for vans.

The Eurasia Crossing was honored with 3 financial, 1 creative infrastructure and 1 environmental awards, even at its present stage. The project was deemed worthy of the "Best Environmental and Social Practice Award" given by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the most successful projects in terms of sustainability, with its high standards.

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