First branch of Turkey’s longest tunnel commissioned in country
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The first branch of the Mount Ovit Tunnel, which will connect Turkey’s two northern provinces, namely, Rize and Erzurum, was commissioned in the country Nov. 22, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications told Trend Nov. 23.
It is expected that the second branch of the tunnel will be commissioned by the end of the year, according to the ministry.
The length of the Mount Ovit Tunnel is 14.3 kilometers. The project is worth 1.114 billion Turkish liras.
In early 2012, Turkey announced a tender for the construction of the tunnel. Turkish Cengiz Insaat company won the tender.
The construction of the tunnel was launched on May 13, 2012. According to the initial calculations, the construction of the tunnel was to be completed in 2015.
At present, there are 39 road tunnels and three railway tunnels in Turkey. Today, New Mount Zigana, Mount Kop Tunnel, Sabuncubeli, Cankurtaran and Dolmabahce-Fulya tunnels are being constructed in the country.
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