Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu and General Manager of Highways Abdulkadir Uraloğlu went to Artvin for a series of visits and examinations.
Minister Karaismailoğlu made statements during the visit; Stating that they have built divided roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, railways and airports, they have established an uninterrupted and high quality transportation infrastructure between the continents by creating an international corridor, and the number of passes on the Bosphorus with 2 'of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Eurasia Tunnel, Marmaray between Asia and Europe. He stated that they increased from 5 to XNUMX.
Stating that they made the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line and the Marmaray and made the iron silk road from London to Beijing come to life, the Minister stated that in the last 18 years, approximately 8 billion 639 million Turkish lira has been invested in Artvin's transportation and communication. While there were 2003 kilometers of divided roads until 22, today we have increased it to over 46 kilometers. Our work continues rapidly on 4 highway projects such as the Artvin-Erzurum divide, the Oltu-Olur road, the Borcka-Artvin divide, and the Murgul-Damar road, with a project value of 360 billion 14 million TL.
Giving information about the construction of Yusufeli Dam relocation roads, Karaismailoğlu said, “In this project, we are building 55 tunnels with a length of 800 thousand 56 meters, approximately 40 kilometers, with the aim of preserving the unique natural beauty of Artvin. The new project includes 1.761 bridges with a length of 17 meters and an open excavation of 8.639 meters. We have completed the 55-meter part of the 800-meter tunnel, almost all of the tunnel excavation and supporting works. We have completed the tunnel final coating on the 55 thousand 500 meter part, that is 35 percent. We have also made very important strides in bridge manufacturing and finished at 715 percent. In addition, we completed the superstructure of the 64-meter road as a bituminous hot mixture coating. We aim to complete the entire project in 83. When our project is completed, the Yusufeli-Artvin-Erzurum road will be much safer, with 6 tunnels opened, it will no longer be affected by heavy winter conditions and our route will always remain open ”.
After examination of Ministers continued to come to the construction site description, Artvin open to general traffic in the tunnel 82 stating that the total length of 51 kilometers, "until 2003, the overall length of the tunnel was 50 kilometers in Turkey. "We have only 51 kilometers of tunnel in Artvin right now," he said.
Minister Karaismailoğlu, who stated that they are carrying out a great and devoted work with about 5 thousand employees, said that almost all of the existing roads will be inundated due to the dam, and that alternative roads are necessary not only for the dam but also for the life in the region. "With these roads, Artvin-Erzurum road, Artvin-İspir road, Artvin-Ardahan road are becoming a more comfortable and safer road." “69 kilometers of roads, 56 kilometers of tunnels; In addition, there are 1700 bridges in 17 kilometers. We are around 65 percent in tunnels and 85 percent in bridges. Our goal is to bring these places to real production and to increase the quality of life here, at this time next year.
Referring to the Formula 1 track project in his speech, Karaismailoğlu; “This year we will do its 14th stage in Istanbul Park. Formula 1 track is an asphalt that requires a lot of features. It requires high engineering in terms of both workmanship, manufacturing and materials ”.
Lastly, Minister Karaismailoğlu gave information about the construction of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and said, “It is the world's largest and widest span bridge with steel legs in terms of its middle span. These are very proud projects. This project is a 106-kilometer project starting from Malkara and reaching Çanakkale. Hopefully, we look forward to opening this place in 2022, ”he said.