Transport and Infrastructure Minister M. Cahit Turhan stated that they plan to put a part of the Izmir-Istanbul motorway into service in December, and "Our goal is to raise the feast for the February holiday, including the other 29 kilometers plus the 4-kilometer Akhisar ring road." said.
Minister Turhan made an investigation in the Kemalpaşa-Akhisar section of the Izmir-Istanbul highway, which is still under construction, and received information from Abdulkadir Uraloğlu, General Director of Highways.
Turhan told reporters after the review that the highway works are continuing and that the weather conditions are important for the progress of the works.
Remaining that the 20 kilometer of the Izmir-Kemalpaşa connection road of the motorway was opened, Minister Turhan continued:
“We plan to open the 50-kilometer section up to Saruhanlı plus the 3,5-kilometer connection road in the first week of December. In the connection of the rate, including the other 29 kilometers plus 4 kilometers Akhisar ring road, our goal is to raise it for the February holiday. This is our goal, natural weather conditions are an important factor in the realization of our work schedule. It is not too much if we can achieve the times we expect and expect in the work schedule, but not 100-150 days. If you ask what is our general goal; From mid-summer 2019, from Istanbul to Izmir, this is a goal, of course, our effort is that way, with a highway-standard infrastructure, our people will be able to reach Istanbul from Izmir and Izmir to Istanbul. ”
Turhan, the completion of highways, more secure, comfortable, affordable and short-term transportation of citizens will be reached.
Stressing that no public resources are used in the construction of the motorway, Turhan said:
“As we always say, this is a build-operate-transfer project. No public resources are used in its construction, we make payments to the contractor, the company in charge as the guarantee payment for the difference between the traffic we guarantee and the traffic we use. From time to time, it is stated that repeated payments are made with the bets due to the problems and troubles experienced in this fee collection system in the press; this has nothing to do with reality. Money comes out of the pocket as much as our people get the service. In cases where it is not charged due to some detection errors occurring from time to time, our citizens either pass without paying their money or pay their money in cash at that time. He has the right to pay the toll in 15 days without any penalty. ”
Turhan reminded that the construction of the İzmir-Çandarlı highway is also underway and that they aim to open the road in September 2019 if the weather conditions are available and the works go as planned.