The President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accompanied by the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the Minister for Transport Yıldırım Akbulut, inaugurated the laying of the last segment of the Izmit Bay Bridge, the first section of the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir toll road. The section adjacent to the bridge (40 km between the bridge and Orhangasi) was also inaugurated and opened to toll paying traffic, as of midnight April 22nd.
The operator for the full project is Gebze Izmir İşletme ve Bakım (GIIB), 50% subsidiary of Egis Road Operation, in partnership with the project concessionaire Otoyol (50%).
The Izmit Bridge, renamed for the opening Osman Gazi Bridge, name of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, is a 3,3 kilometre suspended bridge with a central span of 1550 meters, the 4th longest span in the world for this type of bridge. Opening of the Osman Gazi Bridge to traffic is planned for June 2016. Successive openings of others sections of the 420km motorway from Gebze to Izmir will continue into 2018.
The 40km section open to the public includes management of the Orhangazi Samanlı (3591 meter) tunnel which is today the longest tunnel in operation in Turkey. The opened section also includes 3 toll plazas in addition to an operations centre in Altinova.
In 2018 the Gebze-Izmir motorway will include the operation by GIIB of 420 kilometres of motorway, 33 viaducts, 3 bi directional tunnels, 17 rest/service areas and 187 overhead bridges. This project is the largest motorway operation managed by a subsidiary of the Egis Group.
GIIB already today has a team of 160 people for this first phase. In total project operation mode this number will reach 900.
This project confirms Egis’ position as a world leader in the operation of motorways and tolled motorway structures. Egis Road Operation has a strong presence in Turkey.
Egis Tünel Işletmeciliği, a fully owned subsidiary of Egis Road Operation, will be the operator of the Duplex toll tunnel which will run under the Bosphorus, it is scheduled to be opened at the end of 2016.
Egis Road Operation is also involved with the future operation of the 3rd bridge over the Bosphorus and the adjacent motorway network, opening to traffic is scheduled for commencement in the 2nd half of 2016.