15 July Martyrs Bridge toll booths: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, the 15 July Martyrs Bridge through the process of strengthening the free passage system will implement this year, he said.
Minister Arslan, upon asking whether the tolls on the July 15 Martyrs Bridge will be removed or not, gave the example of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and added that after the introduction of the free passage system, the flow increased and people's lives became easier.
Stating that they will implement the similar practice on the Martyrs Bridge on July 15th, Arslan said, “We will do the renovation on the July 15 Martyrs Bridge this year. We will restrict traffic caused by renewal. Therefore, instead of victimizing people for 2-3 months for the free pass system, and then returning for 2-3 months for reinforcement, we combine these two studies. We will do it at the same time. In addition to the reinforcement and strengthening process, we will also implement the free passage system on the July 15 Martyrs Bridge. ” said.
After asking about the timing of the study, Arslan said, “Especially in a period when schools are holidays, people in Istanbul go out of the city for holidays… Ramadan coincides with this year. It is very important not to disrupt people's lives in Ramadan, but schools are opened in mid-September. This time there is another intensity. Of course, we need to watch the month of Ramadan, especially in the evening, there is a very serious activity. We need to take more care of the opening period of schools. ” made evaluations.
Minister Arslan stated that the work in question would take about 3 months, “It was taking much longer in the past, but we used a very different material on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. We will now use that experience on the July 15 Martyrs Bridge. We will do it and renew it in a much shorter time. ” he spoke.
“Bridge fees are reasonable”
Arslan, 15 July Martyrs Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, criticism of increasing the tolls, “These bridges are old. Therefore, in order to make the bridges much more modern and renew, we have made serious improvements on both bridges, the viaducts and highways that follow, and we still do. These have very serious costs. We need to cover these costs from these bridge revenues. We almost did not raise for 3-4 years. When we made these expenses, we had to increase their passage prices. ” he spoke.
Noting that the increase seems to be high in proportion but the fee is reasonable, Arslan said, “Especially when we compare the highway and bridge prices in other countries and consider the ease it adds to our lives, the wages are not very high. Our people should believe in this matter and approach us in good faith. ” used expressions.
Providing information about the delay in the completion of the connection roads of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Arslan said that the business related to expropriation in Sancaktepe and Kurtköy was brought to court and this caused a delay. Arslan said, “People can say, 'If there was a delay, it hadn't been opened.' I can not give up the convenience that Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge will provide to Istanbul and the life of Istanbul, because there will be a problem here. ”