The highway between Istanbul and Izmir was built to reduce travel time from about five and a half hours to w

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Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The highway between Istanbul and Izmir was built to reduce travel time from about five and a half hours to w

Get to know about the Istanbul-Izmir highway

To reduce the travel time from about five and a half hours to three and a half hours between Istanbul and Izmir, a highway was built between them, and to enrich wildlife and protect the environment, more than 6.7 million seedlings were planted along the road.

According to information from the General Directorate of Highways, the length of the Istanbul-Izmir road, which was implemented with the "build, operate and transfer" model, is 426 kilometers.

Within the framework of the project, special importance was given to preserving green spaces and trees during the construction of infrastructure structures, tunnels and bridges. For this purpose, 38 bridges with a total length of 21,571 meters and 3 tunnels with a length of 6,445 meters were constructed on the highway.

Creating ecological bridges for wildlife

The executing company, the Highway Construction and Operation Company, worked to protect wildlife corridors along the route. In view of these corridors that have been identified within the scope of the biodiversity studies, environmentally friendly tunnels and bridges have been built, to prevent a negative impact on the wildlife in the area.

In order to preserve wildlife and ensure the continuity of species, environmentally friendly bridges were built in the states of Balıkesir and Manisa, in addition to implementing projects to protect wildlife, increase green spaces and use road fences in a way that does not affect the ecosystem.

Osman Ghazi Bridge

Herceg Lagono, in the Altin Ufa region of the Turkish state of Yalova (west), is one of the main regions in Turkey, which hosts many types of birds, especially in the fall and winter seasons, including flamingos.

The area contains a lake of 152 hectares, which is home to 236 species of birds. Therefore, it was recently placed under protection by a decision issued by the Presidency of the Turkish Republic, as well as the design of the road connected to the Osman Gazi bridge line in the form of an arc that passes away from the lake in order not to harm its nature and protect the ecological balance.

- Low emissions

The General Manager of the Highway Construction and Operation Company, Khalil Omurtak, said that environmental conservation issues receive great attention at every stage of road construction.

He added to the Anatolia correspondent, that the costs of building the road have now increased by 300 million liras with the change of the route line of the road connecting to the Osmani Ghazi Bridge in order to protect the natural life in the "Hersece Lagogo" area.

Omurtak indicated that the implementation of all construction work on the highway was carried out with utmost attention to the preservation of environmental and natural life, and a preliminary analysis was conducted to understand the environmental and social impact of the project on its surroundings in line with international standards.

Omurtak stated that a barrier has been established to prevent the spread of sound pollution (noise) along the highway, by planting trees, especially in the areas near Lake Herceg, noting that his company has planted more than 6.7 million seedlings on the entire highway since 2014.

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