The Turkish government continues to work at full speed to complete and deliver the Eurasia tunnel project. This double-deck tunnel will connect the Asian and European sides of Istanbul crossing Bosphorus Strait beneath the seabed. Each storey of the tunnel shall contain a highway of two tracks that can be used for cars and buses.
President Erdogan will be the one inaugurating the Eurasia Tunnel
As they are putting the finishing touches on the tunnel, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be the first to test the Eurasia tunnel on October 8th this year. Yet, the tunnel is planned to be available to service on December 20th, 2016.
Technical details of the Eurasia Tunnel
This tunnel will cross the Bosphorus Strait beneath the seabed with 106 meters as lowest depth under the sea level, 55 meters below the seabed level. For now, most of the tunnel establishment operations, along with its linking roads, neared completion, and traffic signs were added to direct cars to the tunnel.
The total length of the tunnel which runs between Göztepe and Kazlicesme is 14.5 kilometers, approximately 5.4 kilometers of it are under the sea. Engineers designed this tunnel to withstand earthquakes of magnitude up to 9 on Richter scale under the consideration of maximum safety. This tunnel aims to alleviate Istanbul’s traffic pressure in Göztepeon the Asian part and Kazlıçeşme, in Zeytinburnuregion, on the European part of Istanbul.
However, like all mega-projects, Eurasia tunnel will play a key role in raising the value of real estate in the surrounding area, especially the foregoing areas.