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Huge Tunnels Projects in Istanbul

Posted on 28 October 2016
Updated On: 1 July 2020

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is planning to build 28 transport tunnels which cross large parts of Istanbul city where it will reach a length of 145 kilometers and it is supposed to be ready to use in 2023.

According to the plan of this project, by the year 2019 it will be the completion of 17 tunnel with total length of 98 kilometers and after 2019 it will work on 11 tunnel with total length of 47 kilometers to be completed by the year 2023.
22 tunnels will be located in the European part of Istanbul which is known of its traffic disrupted and 6 tunnels will be in the Asian part and it has been almost completed connecting tunnels between Kasımpaşa-Sütlüce and Libadiye-Çamlıca which extend on 5.78 kilometers.

The goal of this project is to provide transportation along the city and through the tunnel which starts from Kağıthane area, where all vehicles will be able to reach Bayrampaşa area and from there to Bağcılar area.

Also it will be built a tunnel between Dolmabahçe and Levazım and it will extend to Ayazağa and then to Baltalimanı and Çayıbaşı which will make the road between Beşiktaş and Sarıyer straighter. And also it will be extend a tunnel of 52 kilometers from Kağıthane to Büyükçekmece where it will connect six areas in Istanbul at the same time.
In the projects to be launched after 2019, Davutpaşa will be linked to Samatya, and Kazlıçeşme will be linked to Merter area, and also Kadıköy will be linked to Kuşdili.

Istanbul Municipality unanimously has approved last June on the under the ground tunnel project, where the idea was inspired by the cities of Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, in an attempt to reduce the jam through transferring 300,000 cars into the tunnel under the ground using a “dive in, diving out.” Method.

In April 2015 the city of Istanbul was ranked as the worst city in the world in traffic jams, according to the navigation system TomTom. so according to the project, the road of the six tunnels will pass through Büyükçekmece, Esenyurt , Avcilar, Küçükçekmece, Bahçelievler down to Bayrampaşa, either for Sarıyer and Kağıthane regions, they will be linked to the European side of Istanbul, and will be linked to the TEM and D100 highways.

Most of the areas that the tunnels will be constructed have already been prepared and built, including some of the areas classified as at-risk areas and others located within the borders of the region uncharted. Some parts of Sarıyer – Kilyos of the project are under protection and classified on the basis as a nature reserves.

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