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Istanbul’s Eurasia Tunnel to be completed 8 months earlier, Transport minister say

Istanbul’s Eurasia Tunnel to be completed 8 months earlier, Transport minister say

Transportation, Maritime, and Communication Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on Thursday that the ongoing construction of Istanbul’s Eurasia Tunnel will be completed by the end of 2016, eight months earlier ahead of the planned schedule.

The Eurasia Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project) will connect the Asian and European sides via a highway tunnel going underneath the seabed.

The tunnel, known as the sister project for Istanbul’s Marmaray subway tunnel, was planned to be completed by the end of 2017.

“We will be completing the project in 47 months, 8 months earlier than the planned,” Yıldırım said.

Istanbul’s Eurasia Tunnel to be completed 8 months earlier, Transport minister says

“It is a great success and pride for us to complete such difficult project with the latest technology and engineering, despite the hardship of physical conditions,” he added.

The minister added that with the Eurasia Tunnel will bring an ease to the heavily congested Istanbul traffic, particularly on the two bridges that currently connect two sides of the Bosporus.

The Eurasia Tunnel will serve the Kazlıçeşme-Göztepe route where vehicle traffic is most intense in Istanbul and will cover a total of 14.6 kilometers.

The tunnel, which will have a two-story structure, is expected to be used by 100,000 vehicles daily.