Work group for Tehran-North highway
The ministerial cabinet has established a work group to expedite the construction of Tehran-North freeway.
Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) reported the work group is comprised of the ministers of Roads and Transportation, Housing, Agricultural Jihad and Justice as well as the director and chairman of the Environment Protection Organization.
This new organization will carry out the executive affairs to construct the Tehran-Shomal Freeway which was proposed in 1965, but was never implemented until 1996.
The giant plan includes construction of more than 30 twin tunnels. The Alborz tunnel situated at an altitude of 2,450 meters will be the longest in the country with a length of 6,300 meters.
The four-lane freeway has a length of 121 km with a transport capacity of 6,000 vehicles per hour, and provides a shortcut from the capital Tehran to the Caspian province of Mazandaran, reducing travel time from nearly five hours to less than two.
Once completed, the passenger transfer capacity between the two provinces will increase 20 times, which is much needed since Tehran-Mazandaran road is one of the busiest throughout the country, especially during national holidays when Mazandaran hosts a large number of tourists.