The south with Turkey in the north to connect with the 18 transport corridors: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, with Turkey to the north, one of the corridors will connect the southern stating that speed up work in the Ovit Tunnel, "Tunnel service will open at the end without 2018." said.
Arslan, in his statement, provided information about the work carried out in the north-south lines concentrated on the east-west corridors in transportation.
Armstrong expressed by Turkey to the north of the south will be connected to each other by 18 transport corridors, he said the last three of these lines will meet the Black Sea and Eastern Anatolia and the Mediterranean.
Underlining the important progress in the work of the Arslan, said:
“While we were equipping the country with divided roads, we said that the east-west corridors are very important, and we have come a long way in this regard, but we will not be successful if these routes are not completed with north-south corridors. These should be done together in order to achieve this success, for the transportation corridors to complement each other, for our country to develop, grow and trade. "
"Ovit Tunnel is put into service at the end of the year"
Arslan pointed out the strategic importance of the Ovit Tunnel, which is being constructed on the Ovit Mountain with an altitude of 2 meters near the İkizdere district of Rize, and said, “Work has accelerated in the tunnel, which is one of the 640 corridors that will connect the north and south of our country. We will open the Ovit Tunnel before 18 at the end of the year. " he spoke.
Arslan stated that Ovit, which will be the second longest tunnel in the world, will facilitate transportation to Erzincan with its 14-meter route and the Kop Tunnel, and that the tunnel will be connected to Erzurum via tunnels on the İspir district of Erzurum, to Trabzon via Gümüşhane and to Erzincan. .
Arslan stated that one of the tunnels that will connect the north and south is Zigana.
“The Zigana Tunnel will connect Trabzon via Gümüşhane to Erzincan and Bayburt, and from there to Erzurum. We will have completed the second route and the corridor with the Kop Tunnel, which is the continuation of this tunnel. I hope we will not be satisfied with only these, we will also build the tunnels in other regions so that we can finish the corridors we mentioned. "
Drawing attention to the importance of the Sahara Tunnel in the 3rd corridor, which will connect the Black Sea with Eastern Anatolia and the Mediterranean, Arslan said, "With the completion of the work in Sahara, the main corridors will be united." used the expression.
Arslan said that the corridor, which starts from Hopa district of Artvin on the Black Sea coast and reaches Artvin via the Cankurtaran Tunnel, will reach Ardahan, shortening the road distance and providing easy transportation.
Pointing to the contribution of the Sahara Tunnel to be built on the Artvin-Ardahan Highway, Arslan said, “The project work for the Sahara Tunnel continues. It will also be worldwide, with a length of about 13 kilometers. By building the Sahara Tunnel, I hope we will connect the Black Sea via Artvin to Ardahan, from there to Kars, Iğdır and to Van via Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı. " he spoke.
Arslan, reminding that the Tendürek Pass between Doğubayazıt and Van does not allow transportation in winter conditions, stated that the project work on the tunnel planned to be built in Tendürek is continuing.