The Eurasia Tunnel which is going to bridge the European and Asian sides of Istanbul will enter into service 8 months earlier than its scheduled time, Binali Yildirim, Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, announced. Having launched as a sister of Marmaray undersea tunnel, the Eurasia Tunnel which is the second passage under the Marmara Sea is approaching to end. The minister Yildirim reminded that the Eurasia has been planned to offer to the service in the second half of 2017, but the project would be completed 8 months ago. Heralding the project had been planned to enter into the service by the end of 2016, Yildirim said, “Despite very difficult physical conditions such as building an undersea passage, completing the project earlier its scheduled date is a proud and a great success.” About the total investment of the project, Yildirim said the investment sum of the project was over $1 billion 245 million. He continued, “Together with Eurasia Tunnel enters into force we will make Istanbul to win the most developed highway tunnel of the world. The traffic in Istanbul will breathe easily. The traffic congestion in Istanbul will be history.” Number of 100 vehicles will use the tunnel every day Following the tunnel enters into service, averagely the number of 100 thousand vehicles will pass through the passage in a day. Regarding having constructed as doubledeck, the road safety will be in the upper level in the tunnel.
The Eurasia Tunnel is a road tunnel undersea construction in Istanbul, Turkey, crossing the Bosporus strait undersea. The 5.4 km (3.4 mi) double-deck tunnel will connect Kazlıçeşme on the European and Göztepe on the Asian part of Istanbul on a 14.6 km (9.1 mi) route. It will cross the Bosphorus beneath the seabed, with the aim to alleviate Istanbul’s traffic congestion. It is at about 1 km (0.62 mi) south of the undersea railway tunnel Marmaray, which was opened on 29 October 2013. With this new route, the journey time between Kazlicesme and Göztepe will be shortened from 100 minutes to 15 minutes.