One-hour drive now reduced to six minutes | Gebze Haber/ 28.09.2012

Preparations have been completed for the construction of the longest suspension bridge of the world between Dilovası and Altinova. Within the scope of the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir Highway Project, efforts are on-going for dry dock and permanent filling in the Bay Bridge construction between Dilburnu in Dilovasi and Cape Hersek located within the borders of the District of Altinova of Yalova. One of the very important stages of the project, namely the testing of discharge, tower and full bridge model wind tunnels, has also been completed successfully. The statement presented by the officials of the General Directorate of Highways reminded that the route of the Gebze- Orhangazi-Izmir Highway, which will reduce the road trip on Istanbul-Izmir highway to as short as 3.5 – 4 hours, is located in the E-road network in the scope of the European roads and a part of the TEM route. The statement went on to state that this road is along the main highway corridors that hold the most intensive traffic demand in freight and passenger transportation of Turkey and reminded that the realization of the 421-kilometre project, including 377 kilometres of highway and 44 kilometres of access roads, will connect Marmara Region and Aegean Region in a highway network. The project will reduce the traffic load of the existing Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir axis and is planned to be put into operation upon its completion in 2015.