In order to relieve the traffic which is one of the most important problems of Istanbul, there will be another tunnel to be built on Sarıyer Kilyos highway apart from the 6 independent tunnels connecting E-5 and E-6 which are the city’s main arteries.
The 1/5000 and 1/1000 scaled plan proposal of Büyükkcekmece-Esenyurt-Avcılar-Kucukcekmece- Bahcelievler-Bayrampasa-Kagıthane Highway Tunnels and SarıyerKilyos Highway Tunnel Projects were accepted by the majority of the votes in Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council.
Connecting E-5 and E-6 highways and thus aims to relieve Istanbul traffic, the tunnels of Buyukcekmece-Esenyurt-Avcılar-Kucukcekmece- Bahcelievler-Bayrampasa-Kagıthane Highway are expected to be 23 km long and cost 2, 5 billion liras.
A 6 KM LONG TUNNEL FOR SARIYER
On the other hand, Sarıyer Kilyos Highway Tunnel Project will be built for relieving Sarıyer traffic. The tunnel will be 6 km long.
CHP: THE TUNNELS CANNOT SOLVE ISTANBUL’S TRAFFIC PROBLEM, METRO SHOULD BE PROVIDED
Suggesting that Istanbul’s traffic cannot be relieved with the solutions about highway and vehicles CHP group states that there should be metro at the same direction and voted as “no”. CHP Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council member Gökan Zeybek said, “The 23 km long highway tunnels will bring another chaos for solving Istanbul’s transportation issue. It may be good for short term goals however, they will be totally useless in the long term.” Gökan Zeybek points out that for the tunnels projects, the related institutions’ views are ignored and there are no plans done for the connecting ways of the tunnels and he emphasized that he believes a metro which will be used by 1, 5 million people will be more useful at that line. If there is no metro station in every district, the problem will continue.
AK PARTY: 300 VEHICLES WILL PASS DAILY
Answering CHP’s criticisms Ak Party Council member, Transportation and Traffic Commission President Mahmut Yeter said that the cost of the 23 km long tunnel will be 2, 5 billion liras. Reminding that the cost of kilometer of Metro is 50 million dollars Yeter pointed out that he expects 300 vehicles to use Buyukcekmece-Esenyurt-Avcılar-Kucukcekmece-Bahcelievler-Bayrampasa-Kagıthane Highway Tunnels daily and he stated that there are already two metro in the mentioned lines.