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Old March 20th, 2010, 01:21 AM   #201
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I just watched the entire thread... Turkey has a lot of good highways and motorways... wish to drive there someday...
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #202
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I watched the whole thread
Oh man Turkey is really a developed country
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:07 PM   #203
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but someone PLEASE EXPLAIN me when will the highways be reaching their full capacity i hope the money spent on their construction shall not go wasted.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 12:34 AM   #204
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Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge turns 22 today.

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Old October 16th, 2010, 05:30 PM   #205
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Some low grade picture from the Otoyol connecting Eskisehir and Istanbul. Can't remember the number, sorry.



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Old October 16th, 2010, 11:35 PM   #206
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Well, Ankara-Eskişehir-İstanbul is not an Otoyol but High Quality Karayolu.

Anyway, here's my shots I took on Bandırma-Bursa;

After exit from Karacabey terminal;
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Signs while entering the Bursa Beltway;
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Distances aren't written (yet)
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Constructing to İzmit and Istanbul
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Before entering to bus terminal at Bursa
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İğdir Tunnel
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Old October 17th, 2010, 12:18 AM   #207
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@WalkTheWorld; your first picture is not an Otoyol, I think, but some expressway (D-road). Otoyols have generally almost always 2x3 lanes and a very generous alignment, tight curves like that are not very common.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #208
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@WalkTheWorld; your first picture is not an Otoyol, I think, but some expressway (D-road). Otoyols have generally almost always 2x3 lanes and a very generous alignment, tight curves like that are not very common.
Oh I see. This section is pretty much under construction in the last 50 km section to Eskisehir. You move from one kind or road to the other without noticeing much change so I thought they were all part of the same network.

Indeed the more you approach your final destination you appreciate it is just a double carriageway with level junctions, left turns, traffic lights and so on.

My colleagues generally refer to it all as "Otoban"

I also noticed just one "telepass-style" gate so I guess tha't just for the FSM bridge.

Detail of one the the tunnels. Strangely enough the Turks have chosen fluorescent tubes where we use leds. Weird for a country so "hell-bent" for modernity. And presumedly more expensive in the long run.

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Old October 18th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #209
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Giant highway to boost regional economies

Turkey’s largest-ever highway project, which will link Istanbul to İzmir, will reduce travel time to three hours from 6.5. The highway is planned to be completed in seven years. Cities such as Kocaeli, Bursa, Balıkesir and İzmir, which are on the route of the highway, will experience a boom in exports, tourism, employment and social life


The $11-billion-project will include the world's second-longest suspension bridge, to be built over the Gulf of İzmit. The bridge will be 3,000 meters long. Hürriyet photo

Reducing the travel time between Istanbul and İzmir – two of Turkey’s biggest cities – to three hours, the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir highway, to be completed in 2017, will create huge changes in the economic and social life of a number of cities.

As the project links İzmir to both Istanbul and Europe, it will have a positive impact on İzmir’s economic and social development, according to Ekrem Demirtaş, board chairman of the İzmir Chamber of Commerce.

The Turkish government signed a build-operate-transfer deal on Sept. 27 this year with a consortium of six construction companies to carry out the country's largest-ever highway project. The $11-billion-project will include the world's second-longest suspension bridge, to be built over the Gulf of İzmit. The bridge will be 3,000 meters long.

İzmir has been a “dead-end street” for many years, according to Demirtaş, who said that with the construction of the highway, the city would complete its “highway, railway and marine transport” triangle. “Thanks to this project, transportation to İzmir will become easier. It will contribute to the city’s tourism and trade relations,” Demirtaş said.

If the construction begins concurrently from Istanbul and İzmir, the employment rate in İzmir will increase, mainly in the construction sector, according to Demirtaş. “Thanks to this project, transportation costs will decline, businesspeople from İzmir will easily reach Istanbul and Europe while the city will receive much more investment and tourists.”

Realizing potential in tourism

According to Demirtaş, if the travel time between Istanbul and İzmir is slashed from its current 6.5 hours, İzmir will be able to reach its annual tourism targets. “Our tourism centers, such as Çeşme, Seferihisar, Foça, Dikili and Bergama, will attract more tourists,” he said.

The İzmir-Gebze highway will contribute greatly to the social, cultural and economic life of cities on the route of the project, according to Mustafa Türkmenoğlu, coordinator of the Aegean Exporters Union.

Agricultural exports have a big share in the Aegean region’s total exports, Türkmenoğlu said. “This highway will provide many advantages to our exporters. The taste and quality of agricultural products will be protected and the costs will decline. Strong logistics is a must for exports,” he said.

Difficulties due to inadequate land links between Turkey’s large cities will come to an end with the project, according to Ender Yorgancılar, board chairman of the Aegean Region Chamber of Commerce. As well as connecting two industrial cities, the highway will also link economies of the Aegean region and the Marmara region, Yorgancılar said.

“İzmir has the potential to become an important logistics center thanks to its port,” said Yorgancılar, adding that road transportation is of crucial importance in Turkey. “This new highway project will pave the way for a new production and trade model.”

Increased immigration a problem

The travel time between Istanbul and Bursa, another industrial western city, will be between 60-90 minutes when the highway is completed. It will also reduce the travel time between Bursa and İzmir to around 150 minutes, according to Necati Şahin, head of Bursa branch of the Chamber of Civil Engineers. “Besides these positive aspects of the project, however, it will also increase migration to Bursa. The city will become the backyard of Istanbul,” Şahin said.

According to data from the Transportation Ministry, a total of seven construction sites will be built during a 20-month period and the project will indirectly provide jobs for some 50,000 people. Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Nail Çiler, board chairman of the Gebze Chamber of Commerce, said the one-hour İzmit Gulf passage would be reduced to just six minutes. “The traffic density of the gulf will decline by 30 percent. People will gain time and reduce fuel consumption,” Çiler said.

The Marmaray Project, a rail transport project in Istanbul that starts from the Gebze district in Kocaeli province, the “Informatics Valley” project to be built in Kocaeli and the giant highway project have all increased the importance of the region, according to Çiler.

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Old October 18th, 2010, 09:25 AM   #210
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Old October 28th, 2010, 05:55 AM   #211
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can someone explain more about the project to the iranian border?
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Old October 28th, 2010, 06:15 AM   #212
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Has progress been made on the gap of O-21 near Pozanti? Is it now open or will it open soon?
Here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...75266&t=h&z=13
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Old October 28th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #213
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The construction of the Izmir-Istanbul motorway, including world's second longest suspension bridge has begun today.

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Old October 28th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #214
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Old October 28th, 2010, 11:33 PM   #215
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Would this be the most current map of motorways in Turkey?

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Old October 28th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #216
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Old October 29th, 2010, 02:31 AM   #217
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Would this be the most current map of motorways in Turkey?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._of_Turkey.png
These maps from the Turkish Directorate of Highways are more detailed and up-to-date with the recent openings and O- numbering:
http://www.kgm.gov.tr/Sayfalar/KGM/S...Haritalar.aspx
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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #218
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this road will be great....
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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:27 PM   #219
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These maps from the Turkish Directorate of Highways are more detailed and up-to-date with the recent openings and O- numbering:
http://www.kgm.gov.tr/Sayfalar/KGM/S...Haritalar.aspx
it is so sad that we dont have any highway to the Greek border
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this is the bridge project
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