Turkmenistan inks deal with Austrian company on major highway project

Turkmenistan Materials 28 June 2019 18:54 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 28

By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:

Turkmen Autobahn CJSC has signed a contract with consulting company VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers ZT GmbH, Trend reports with reference to local news agency Orient.

The Austrian engineering company will provide services and conduct examination on the construction of the Ashgabat-Turkmenabat highway and all accompanying facilities, the source said.

On Jan. 28, Turkmen Autobahn CJSC commenced the construction of the 600-kilometer Ashgabat-Turkmenabat high-speed road.

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan is the customer and general contractor through "Turkmen Autobahn". The work is being carried out by local private enterprises "Nusayyollary", "Hyzmat merkezi", "Oguz ýoly" and "Altyn nesil".

The high-speed road will allow for the acceleration and increase of the cargo volume passing through Turkmenistan. Great prospects in this regard are opening up in the field of transport interaction with neighboring Uzbekistan.

Due to its intersection with the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi highway, the highway connecting the eastern regions of the country with its center will give direct access to cargo flows to the international seaport in the Caspian Sea and then via maritime roads to the Caucasus, heading to Europe, southern Russia, northern Iran, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman.

The project, worth $ 2.3 billion, envisions construction from 2019–2023. The width of the roadway will be 34.5 meters. The highway will begin at the intersection that will be built on the 24th kilometer of the Ashgabat-Dashoguz highway. Centers for electronic payment, road supervision service points, and recreation platforms will also be set up there.

Four bridges over the rivers, an additional four over the railway, and 22 at the intersections with other roads will be erected along the highway. In addition, a special passage for animals is considered. There will also be 76 underground pedestrian crossings, water collectors, bridges over mudflow channels, and junctions, among others.