World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish Minister of Transportation Lutfi Elvan has announced that construction on the Euroasia Tunnel which will run parallel to the newly opened Marmaray Tunnel under the Bosphorus Sea to connect the European and Asian sides of Istanbul will begin its next phase soon.
The tunnel, which will consist of two layers, aims to facillitate the comings and goings of up to 90,000 vehicles a day and thus relieve some of the traffic on the Bosphorus Bridge.
"With the transportation time decreasing, air pollution and fuel consumption will be reduced in the historical peninsula, which is one of the touristic hot spots in Istanbul with numerous historic buildings, palaces, museums and splendid landscapes," Elvan said.
The project, which is due to cost more than $2 billion will run between Europe's Kazlicesme disrict and Asia's Goztepe, reducing travel time between them from 100 minutes to 15 minutes.
Around 70% of the tunnel is already complete, and will take about a year and a half to be opened to the public.
It is one of many projects to improve transport in Turkey's most populated city. Already the Marmaray train carries 110,000 people a day, relieving congestion on roads, in buses and on boats. A third bridge is also under construction.Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 17:59