Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu emphasized that the spirit of mobilization started in the region after the flood continued unabated, and said that they completed the Kumluca-69 Bridge in 2 days. Karaismailoğlu stated that they have doubled the length compared to the previous bridge and increased the height to 7 meters, and said, "In this way, we have prevented the negative situations that may occur with the effect of excessive precipitation."
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu spoke at the opening ceremony of the Kumluca-2 Bridge; “Like all over the world, we have struggled with disasters this summer in our country as well. As a result of global warming, forest fires burned our lungs in our southern and western regions. As a result of heavy rain on August 11, we experienced the worst flood disaster in recent years in the Western Black Sea Region. We lost our lives. floods; It caused great destruction in our provinces of Sinop, Kastamonu and Bartın. Damage occurred in 228 kilometers of 154 kilometers of road network throughout the region and bridges collapsed. Bridges and roads were damaged. In Bartın, damages occurred on 111 kilometers of the 41 kilometers road and 3 bridges collapsed.
Noting that the Kumluca-2 Bridge is one of the bridges destroyed in Bartın, Karaismailoğlu continued as follows:
“However, it is a fact that the state and the nation stood shoulder to shoulder and almost raced against time to heal the wounds opened from 11 August until today and to return to normal life as soon as possible. With all our units, we mobilized to help our citizens who were damaged by the flood. We carried out this mobilization with successful coordination with all our relevant ministries. We didn't just solve the technical problems, we didn't leave our houses for a moment, and all our citizens who were hurt. We delivered all kinds of personnel, tools and equipment needed to disaster areas in a very short time. We intervened immediately in the processes with institutional and professional approach and solutions during and after the disaster. From the first day of the disaster, we sent our teams to the roads affected by the disaster in Bartın, as in Sinop and Kastamonu. We quickly opened the damaged sections to traffic temporarily and ensured that all the needs of the region were fulfilled quickly by road transportation. After the river flow decreased at the point where the 33-meter-long Kumluca-2 Bridge was located, we built a 12-meter service road with 110 hours of work. Right after that, we built a 40-meter-long panel bridge and put the road into service on August 24.”
WE INCREASED THE LENGTH TWICE
Reminding that they promised to build permanent roads and bridges as soon as possible at that time, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said that they built the new Kumluca-2 Bridge, which will provide transportation in the region, to much better standards, instead of the old bridge destroyed in the flood. Karaismailoğlu said, “While the old bridge was 33 meters, our new bridge; We designed it with 3 spans, 67 meters long and 13 meters wide. Compared to the previous bridge, we increased its length by 2 times; We increased its height to 7 meters. Thus, we prevented negative situations that may occur due to excessive precipitation. Within the scope of the project, we also built a 316 meter long connection road. And we completed all this in a short period of 69 days. We provided an uninterrupted flow of transportation, which was interrupted on the Kozcagiz-Kumluca-Abdipaşa Road between the Kumluca-2 Bridge and the roads that provide transportation throughout the province, and was established with temporary bridges.”
THE LINE IS THE KAVLAKDIBI BRIDGE
Underlining that Kavlakdibi Bridge is next, Karaismailoğlu noted that they will open the new Kavlakdibi Bridge on the Bartın-Safranbolu road on 10 December. Karaismailoğlu said, “Besides, we continue to work on the Kirazlı-1, Kirazlı-2 Bridges on the Bartın-Safranbolu-Karabük-Kastamonu Junction Road and the Kumluca-1 project on the Kozcagiz-Kumluca-Abdipaşa Road”. stated that they will put it into service.
THE SPIRIT OF THE MOBILIZATION STARTED AFTER THE FLOOD CONTINUES WITHOUT LASTING
Expressing that the spirit of mobilization started in the region after the flood continued unabated, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu said, “Just 3 days ago, we opened the Ayancık Terminal Bridge in Sinop. We completed it in 80 days. We completed the new Çatalzeytin Bridge, which also provides the connection between Türkeli and Çatalzeytin, in a record time of 52 days and put it into service on 28 October. Today we opened the Kumluca-2 Bridge. We will put the Şevki Şentürk Bridge into service in Sinop Ayancık on 20 December and the Azdavay Bridge in Kastamonu on 30 December.”