Opening the highway between Istanbul and Izmir
On August 4, Turkish President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan opened the highway linking the states of Istanbul and Izmir.
The Istanbul-Izmir road is 192 kilometers long and will shorten the distance between Istanbul and Izmir from 8 hours to 3.5 hours..
For his part ,Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Jahed Torhan in a press statement that the highway, which will enter service today (August 4th), will link the Aegean region to Marmara and the western Mediterranean to the western Anatolia region..
He pointed out that the ministry started construction of the highway in 2010, emphasizing that the Osman Ghazi Bridge, which was completed in 2016, is the most important part of this huge project.
The Turkish minister said “Citizens will be able to move between Istanbul and Izmir within 3.5 hours, which means they will save time and fuel, and the road will accelerate the process of transporting industrial and agricultural products.
It was also found that the previous project contributed to the creation of jobs for about 5,000 people, and that about 1,000 people will continue their work as maintenance supervisors..
On the other hand, he pointed out that the cost of the project amounted to about US$7 billion, and this amount was provided by the company implementing the project.