Salarha Tunnel Opened: Rize's 70 Years Dream Come True

salarha tunnel is put into service, annual dream of rize has come true
salarha tunnel is put into service, annual dream of rize has come true

Salarha Tunnel was opened with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Speaking at the opening, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu reminded that they opened the Iyidere-Ikizdere road and the Ikizdere Tunnels and Connection Roads yesterday.

Stating that they are happy to put the Salarha Tunnel, which is another important project for Rize, into service today, Karaismailoğlu said, "Salarha Tunnel is a very meaningful project that makes the transportation of our citizens in the region safer in difficult natural conditions and shortens their travel times."

Noting that thanks to President Erdogan's vision and love for his nation, transportation and infrastructure investments have been realized, Karaismailoğlu continued as follows:

“Actually, the Salarha Tunnel is like a very concrete summary of the difference between the old Turkey and the new Turkey… 19 years ago, from a Turkey that was almost drowned by economic crises, major deficiencies in infrastructure, policies lacking vision, in the Middle Corridor, which constantly renews its infrastructure and prepares it for the future. We have transformed into a Turkey that takes steps towards the goal of the world's greatest logistics power, and puts firsts into practice in order to take its place among the world's top 10 economies.”


Emphasizing that with the determination to grow Turkey on the basis of investment, production, employment and export, the works are carried out on a 7/24 basis, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said, “The capital of tea, Rize, is located on the Caucasus Corridor opening to Europe and Central Asia, and land and sea transportation to the Eastern bloc country markets. It is one of the important centers of the Eastern Black Sea Region with its location providing opportunities for With the completion of the Iyidere Logistics Port, which is rapidly growing, developing and under construction, Rize will become the most important logistics base of the Black Sea. For this reason, we are working hard to meet the transportation needs arising from the increasing potential of Rize and to establish an advanced transportation and communication infrastructure.”


Karaismailoğlu, who said that they have completed very important projects such as Rize-Trabzon Coastal Road, Rize-Artvin Coastal Road, Ovit Tunnel and Connection Roads, Iyidere-Ikizdere road, said that the world's fewest airports built on the sea and Turkey's second airport after Ordu-Giresun Airport. He stated that the construction works of Rize-Artvin Airport, which will be

Karaismailoğlu, who also gave information about Rize-Artvin Airport, underlined that the air transportation needs of the region will be fully met with the 3 thousand meter long runway and the terminal building capable of serving 3 million passengers per year.


Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu continued his speech as follows:

“Iyidere Logistics Port, which will be the new address of large-tonnage ships with an annual 3 million tons of general cargo, 8 million tons of bulk cargo, 100 thousand TEU containers and 100 thousand vehicles ro-ro capacity, will also go down in history as a strategic investment realized in Rize and to the region. It will provide 8 thousand new employment opportunities. In case the port works at full capacity, it will contribute to Rize's economy by approximately 400 million TL annually.”


Karaismailoğlu said, "The Salarha Tunnel has been a seal struck in the transportation area to Rize," adding that the 2-meter-long Salarha Tunnel, which connects the city center and the Salarha Valley, has a length of 958 km with connection roads and 3 bridges. noticed that it has arrived.

Emphasizing that the project will provide a more comfortable and safe travel opportunity to Rize, Karaismailoğlu said that within the scope of the project, there are also 230 bridges with a total length of 3 meters with pre-stressed beam system.

“Transportation provided in 13,4 minutes by the Salarha Tunnel and the existing road of 20 kilometers in the region; With the shortening of the distance by 9,1 kilometers, it decreases to 5 minutes,” said Karaismailoğlu, and with the provision of fast and safe traffic flow; He underlined that a total of 49,5 million TL will be saved annually, 16,5 million TL from time and 66 million TL from fuel oil.

Expressing that the amount of carbon emissions will also be reduced by 6 thousand 531 tons, Karaismailoğlu said, “We support the development of our beautiful homeland by building roads, bridges and tunnels that will provide jobs, food and economic vitality to our citizens.”

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