The 12th Transportation and Communications Council, the most important transportation and communication-focused event in Turkey, has started. Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said, “We will open the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge on March 18, 2022 and put it into the service of the whole world.”
The 2021 theme of the Transport and Communications Council started today with Logistics, Mobility and Digitalization. The conference, which will last for 3 days, will be held at Atatürk Airport C Terminal Event Center. As a result of the 12th Transport and Communications Council, with the support of the Sector Working Groups, the vision board and academic advisors, "Turkey Transport Policy Strategy Document", "Highway, Seaway, Railway, Airline and Communication Sector Reports" and "Logistics, Digitalization, Mobility Vision Reports” are aimed to be achieved. Speaking at the opening of the council, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge will enter the service of the whole world on March 18, 2022. He also stated that the assembly, integration and tests of our National Communications Satellite Türksat 6A continue and that the production and testing process of the satellite will be completed at the end of 2022 and it is planned to be launched in the first quarter of 2023.
Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu, Turkey's future vision; He stated that they are shaping the world by keeping the pulse of the world, following the technological developments closely and always putting integration at the center. Referring to the developments Turkey has made in the field of transportation and communication since 2002, Karaismailoğlu made the following assessments:
“In the last 19 years, we have largely solved the transportation infrastructure problem of our country, which has been going on for years. We have completed and put into service many giant transportation projects. We increased our existing divided road network of 2003 thousand 6 kilometers before 101 to 28 thousand 340 kilometers. We have increased our highway length to 3 kilometers. We have completed the Istanbul-Izmir Highway including the Osmangazi Bridge, the Northern Marmara Highway including the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the Ankara-Niğde Highway and the Menemen Çandarlı Highways. We established an uninterrupted highway connection from Edirne to Şanlıurfa. Our works for the construction of the Malkara-Canakkale highway, including the Aydın-Denizli Highway, the Nakkaş- Başakşehir Section of the Northern Marmara Highway and the 532 Çanakkale Bridge, continue. 1915 Çanakkale Bridge will symbolize the 1915th anniversary of our Republic with its 2 thousand 23 meters middle span. When completed with this length, it will have the title of 'the world's largest' medium span suspension bridge. Together with the approach viaducts, the total crossing length reaches 100 meters. Our Bridge, between two steel towers, is one of the rare suspension bridges in the world designed as twin decks. The 4 Çanakkale Bridge will reduce the transit time from the Dardanelles Strait, which often takes hours due to ferry waiting time and weather conditions, to 608 minutes. We will inaugurate the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge on March 6, 1915 and put it at the disposal of the whole world.”
Underlining that they will continue to work on new highways, Minister of Transport Adil Karaismailoğlu announced that they plan to build 2023 kilometers of highway with a total of 6 projects until 579 and 2035 thousand 13 kilometers of highway with a total of 3 projects until 767, with the Build-Operate-Transfer model. Karaismailoğlu said that they focused on the construction of divided roads and highways, as well as concentrating on the improvement of the physical and geometric standards of other roads, and also completed a single road of 15 thousand km.
WE INCREASED TUNNEL LENGTH OVER 30 TIMES
Noting that they crossed the impenetrable mountains with tunnels, valleys with bridges and viaducts, Karaismailoğlu underlined that they increased the total tunnel length from 50 kilometers to 30 kilometers by increasing it over 631 times. Stating that they aim to serve 2023 kilometers until 720 and 2035 kilometers until 50 in tunnel construction, Karaismailoğlu said, “While we are building our roads, we continue to work to expand smart transportation systems. We strictly follow the National Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategy Document and 2020-2023 Action Plan implemented by our Ministry in order to save fuel, create alternatives that cause less harm to the environment, and establish economic vitality and logistics mobility. Although vehicle mobility has increased by 170 percent with our investments in highways, there has been a decrease of up to 80 percent in traffic accidents. In other words, thanks to these investments, we have saved thousands of lives every year.”