Mega projects’ construction process is continuing that leading to the Turkey’s economic development.While mega projects that exceeding of $100 billion volume, changes the face of cities , they became the symbols of Turkey.

Turkey's Mega Projects

Mega projects’ construction process is continuing that leading to the Turkey’s economic development.While mega projects that exceeding of $100 billion volume, changes the face of cities , they became the symbols of Turkey.

It is expected to provide big contributions to the country economy  thanks to the ongoing  mega projects such as Marmaray ,Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge(third bridge of bosphorus), Eurasia Tunnel,High Speed Train lines,Mersin and Sinop nuclear plant.

Marmaray Project

Around 12 million people travel into and through the city of Istanbul everyday and the Marmaray Project provides mass transit for the city’s population.

A 76.3km (48 mile) high-capacity metro style railway connects Europe and Asia by crossing the Istanbul Strait. The project includes upgrading 63km (40 miles) of suburban railway, and purchasing new rolling stock to provide the service.

There are four main components of the Marmaray Project: the underwater railway tunnel, improvement of the Gebze-Haydarpasa and Sirkeci-Halkali suburban railway lines, electrical and mechanical works, and the procurement of new rolling stock. With the opening of the tunnel, commuter trains have started operating from Ayrilikçesme station (Asia) to Kazliçesme station (Europe).

Forecasts estimate that by 2015 1.5 million trips per day will be made on the new route, rising to 1.7 million by 2025.

Third Airport

The projects’ tender was made in 2013 with EUR22 billion 125 million price.The New Airport to be built on a total land area of 80 million m² will be the widest airport in the world. There will be 6 runways at the airport, which is planned to have an annual capacity of 150 million passengers and projected to be an international aviation center. 

Third Bridge

The project is located in the north side of Istanbul Bosphorus which will connect the Europen and Asian side via railways and highways.Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge has become the new symbol of Turkey.When the project completed, it will be the biggest bridge of the world.

Euraisa Tunnel Project(Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project)

The Eurasia Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project) will connect the Asian and European sides via a highway tunnel going underneath the seabed. The Eurasia Tunnel will serve the Kazlıçeşme-Göztepe route where vehicle traffic is most intense in Istanbul and will cover a total of 14.6 kilometers.It is expected to be cost $1.3 billion.

Sinop Nuclear Plant

The Sinop Nuclear Power Plant is a planned nuclear plant located at Sinop in northern Turkey. It will be the country’s second nuclear power plant after the projected Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.The $22 billion project will be carried out by Atmea, a joint venture consortium of Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and French Areva.It is projected that the first unit of Sinop plant will be active by 2023, and the fourth unit enter service by 2028.

Kanal Istanbul

Kanal İstanbul is the Turkish project name of the artificial sea-level waterway connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and hence to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Kanal İstanbul would bisect the current European side of Istanbul and thus form an island between the continents of Asia and Europe (the island would have a shoreline with the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, the new canal and the Bosphorus).

The new waterway would bypass the current Bosphorus. Kanal İstanbul aims to minimise shipping traffic in the Istanbul Strait. The project is intended for the 100th anniversary in 2023 of the foundation of the Turkish Republic.It is expected to be cost $15 billion.

Izmit Bay Bridge

The Izmit Bay Bridge  is a suspension bridge located at the eastern end of the Sea of Marmara, close to Izmit and approximately 50 km (31 mi) southeast of Istanbul, Turkey. It will be the fourth longest suspension bridges in the world by the length of central span.

After the completion of the bridge, the distance between Istanbul and İzmir will shorten about 140 km (87 mi) bypassing the long-stretched İzmit Bay. The projected highway of 420 km (260 mi) length with the bridge will reduce the travel time between the two major cities from six-and-half hours to three-and-half hours. The construction is expected to be completed in 2017.

High Speed Train

The Turkish State Railways started building high-speed rail lines in 2003. The first section of the line, between Ankara and Eskişehir, was inaugurated in 2009. It is a part of the 533 km Istanbul to Ankara high-speed rail line.This year Istanbul-Konya line was added to the this route.It expected to complete in 2016.

Nurullah Kırmacı /