80% of the physical work in Demirkapi Tunnel has been completed. The tunnel is under construction in Akdag in the İbradi district of Antalya and will provide a transition from continental climate to the Mediterranean climate in 4 minutes when opened to traffic.
According to the information received by the AA correspondent from the General Directorate of Highways, the construction of the Demirkapi Tunnel between İbradi and Derebucak district of Konya, which was started with a single tube in 2013 and where the second tube construction started in 2017, continues.
In the project carried out by the Antalya 13th Regional Directorate of Highways, physical studies are coming to an end.
The single tube of Demirkapi Tunnel, which consists of 5 thousand meters of double tube, was finished at the final concrete coating level. In the second tube, excavation-supporting and coating concrete work continues.
In the 67-kilometer road works designed in connection with the tunnel, 41 kilometers of divided road, 28 kilometers of bituminous hot mixture and 13 kilometers of surface coating, were completed in accordance with their standards.
Split road works with bituminous hot mix coating continue between 0 and 16 and 33 and 39 kilometers of the road. In the 12-kilometer service road project, which has started to work around Demirkapi for vehicles carrying hazardous materials, earthwork operations continue.
80% of the physical work in Demirkapi Tunnel has been completed.
80% of the physical work in Demirkapi Tunnel has been completed. Comfortable transportation facilities established in the region, which is of great importance for tourism with its historical, cultural and natural beauties, will bring more domestic and foreign tourists with it.
In addition, travel times will decrease in traffic, which increases in density especially during the summer months, and time and fuel savings will be achieved by increasing road safety.
Those traveling on the Konya-Beysehir-Derebucak-Gembos route will pass through the Gembos and Eynif plains and reach Antalya after the tunnel.
Climate change is noticed in a short time
Site workers feel the temperature change at the exit from the tube, whose excavation support has been completed and the concrete production has been completed to a great extent.
Those who see the green texture from the snow-covered northern slope of the mountains separating the Mediterranean and Central Anatolia in 4 minutes and see the green texture, witness the climate change (transition from the continental climate to the Mediterranean climate) in a short time.
While there is rain or snow on the Konya side, it can be sunny and hot on the other slope of Akdag. Those traveling through the tunnel, which will be passed in 4 minutes at a speed of 80 kilometers when opened to traffic, will soon feel the difference in the climate.
Tunnel is expected to be put into service at the end of 2022.
Burkay Gokbas, Road Construction Control Chief of the 13th Regional Directorate of Highways, said that the new route between Konya and Antalya will be gained with the project.
Stating that the project that will bring Central Anatolia to the Mediterranean will provide comfortable transportation, Gokbas said, “This is the shortest route between Konya and Antalya. Our goal is to complete the excavation support and coating concrete works in the tunnel at the end of the year. Next year, we will complete the electronic-electromechanical works in the tunnel. We plan to open the tunnel to service at the end of 2022.”
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz