Istanbul-Izmir Motorway 4 was opened by President Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN at a ceremony in Bursa on Sunday.
In addition to President ERDOĞAN, Vice President Fuat OKTAY, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure M.Cahit TURHAN, Minister of Justice Abdülhamit GÜL, Minister of Health, Fahrettin KOCA, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir PAKDEMİRLİ, Minister of Family Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt SELÇUK, MPs, Bursa Governor Yakup CANBOLAT, General Director of Highways Abdulkadir URALOĞLU and many senior officials attended. Speaking at the ceremony where former Transport Minister Binali YILDIRIM opened the Balıkesir Section of the highway, Erdoğan said, “Today we are writing history. We connect Istanbul to Izmir in a different way. ”
Stating that they have increased the length of the divided road from 6 thousand 100 kilometers to 26 thousand 764 kilometers today, ERDOĞAN continued his speech as follows: “After Soma-Akhisar-Turgutlu, İzmir continues parallel to Ankara and reaches its destination on İzmir Ring Road. It reaches İzmir Aydın and İzmir Çeşme Highway. Where, where… We did not cross the mountains easily. But we became Ferhat, Ferhat… We pierced the mountains and reached Şirin. In addition to making the travel between Istanbul and Izmir fast and comfortable, we shorten the road by 100 kilometers. We will also join Tekirdağ, Çanakkale and Balıkesir Highway, which includes the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge. Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Manisa and Izmir on the route are the same zamnow it hosts the most important export gates. "
Istanbul-Izmir Motorway project close to the country zamStating that his contribution will be TL 3,5 billion annually at the moment, ERDOĞAN said, “We continue our transportation investments in Bursa as in every province. Construction of 1,5 highways with a total cost of 18 billion liras continues. We are finished by 2 years. " said. President ERDOĞAN finished his speech by wishing the project would be beneficial.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, M. Cahit TURHAN, in his speech at the ceremony, stated that the Aegean and Marmara Regions, which host the majority of the country's population, have gained a new lifeblood, and they are proud to bring this giant service to the nation, which is among the projects that can be pointed out in terms of size in the world. Stating that the Osmangazi Bridge was the ridge of this project, TURHAN said, “Thanks to the project, the distance between Istanbul and Izmir is now very close. Bursa is much closer to both. The investment amount of the project, which is 426 km long including the connection roads, is 11 billion dollars including the financing cost. This project is the first highway project to be tendered under the build-operate-transfer model in our country. It is the largest scale project realized within the scope of build-operate-transfer in the EU. zamat the moment. Another remarkable feature of the project is that the project was carried out by our local companies with high technology innovative applications and works requiring advanced construction techniques. said.
Thanks to the highway zamNoting that the moment and fuel savings will be achieved, TURHAN stated that the emission release will decrease and the nature will be protected with the disappearance of the traffic waiting, and completed his speech by wishing the project to be beneficial.
The construction started in 2010 and has reached the end of the Istanbul-Izmir Motorway, which has been opened to traffic with many important sections, especially the Osmangazi Bridge. The last section of the Istanbul-İzmir Motorway Project, which was put into practice as a result of a feverish work and hard labor that lasted for approximately 9 years, was opened by the President Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN between Bursa West-Balıkesir North and Balıkesir West-Akhisar. was interconnected.
Istanbul-Izmir Motorway, which is the lifeblood of our country's economy and where most of the population lives, connects the Marmara and Aegean Regions, which include cities such as Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Balikesir, Manisa and Izmir, and provides a large part of the exports with the road network constituting the infrastructure of all investments. These two regions, which constitute 64 percent of the Domestic Product, will add value to the economic activity areas of industry, agriculture, trade and tourism.
With the Motorway Project which shortens the route to 100 km, Istanbul-Izmir transportation, which is 8,5 hours, is reduced to 3,5 hours. In addition, the Istanbul-Izmir Motorway will ease the traffic in the city by reducing the excessive density of the existing state roads passing through the settlements.
The project, which includes the total 384 km length of Osmangazi Bridge, including 42 km of Highway and 426 km of Connection Road, includes 11 Billion dollars including investment cost.
The route of the project; It starts from Muallimköy Junction, which is about 2,5 km in the direction of Ankara from Gebze Bridge Junction on the Anatolian Motorway, and crosses the İzmit Gulf with the Osmangazi Bridge built between Dilovası - Hersekburnu and connects with the Yalova - İzmit State Road and goes parallel to the State Road. After the Orhangazi Junction, the route continues from the south of Gemlik District and connects to the Bursa Motorway at Çağlayan Junction in Ovaakça locality. Following the Bursa West Intersection, the project route extends to the north of Uluabat Lake, heading south-west from Karacabey to Sustluk and north of Balıkesir, followed by Soma-Akhisar-Saruhanlı-Turgutlu districts and in the vicinity of Karasuluk. It ends at the bus station junction on the road.
Especially on the road route that serves heavy traffic with heavy vehicles; to ensure the safety of traffic and life, shorten travel time, to contribute to the development of regional tourism and industry with the implementation of the project and the Aegean and Marmara regions to meet the expectations of the transportation infrastructure, the industry needs to create new investment areas and the transportation of ports, rail and air transport systems integration will be provided.
With the opening of Istanbul-Izmir Motorway; Edirne-Istanbul-Ankara Motorway and İzmir-Aydın, İzmir-Çeşme Motorway will be connected to the Marmara and Aegean Regions, which form the backbone of the country's economy, with a fully accessible controlled highway network.
Furthermore, the integration of the Marmara Motorway will be completed with the North Marmara Motorway (including YSS Bridge), Çanakkale Malkara Motorway (including 1915 Çanakkale Bridge) and Kınalı-Malkara and Çanakkale-Savaştepe Motorway which are planned to be constructed. It will speed up transportation by shortening the distance to Bursa, Kocaeli and Istanbul; thus, it will contribute to the economy and agriculture of the Aegean Region.
When the estimated traffic values for 374.997 are taken into consideration, it is calculated that there will be a decrease of 2023 tons in emission emissions annually by eliminating the waiting in traffic; zamIt is estimated that the total annual savings will be 3 billion TL, including 1,12 billion TL from the moment and 4,12 billion TL from fuel. In addition, with the construction of the Istanbul-Izmir Motorway project, an annual reduction of 2023 tons in emission emissions is foreseen for 451.141.
Within the scope of the project, it is planned to transfer the existing industrial production and developing industrial raw materials of the provinces and neighboring provinces on the highway route to the consumption and production centers, and to provide connection to the ports of the Marmara region and the Çandarlı Port.
With the highway, which will shorten the distance of the Istanbul-Izmir Highway from Bursa to Istanbul and Izmir, the transportation between Istanbul and Bursa, which is 3 hours, will be reduced to 1 hour. The highway is the same zamIt will increase the number of visitors of tourism centers such as Çeşme, Foça, Dikili, Kuşadası, Selçuk, Didim, Bodrum and Bergama by extending the tourism season of İzmir and Aydın provinces, and further shorten the access of Marmara and Aegean Regions to the Mediterranean Region, which has tourism and trade potential.