World’s second-longest tunnel set to open in Turkey
Mount Ovit Tunnel will open by end of year, representing link between the Silk Road and Ural Mountains
Governer of Turkey’s Erzurum province Seyfettin Azizoğlu recently drove through the currently under construction Mount Ovit Tunnel and spoke with media on the significance of the project, reports Daily Sabah.
In addition to bringing improvements and development to the region’s economy, industry and tourism, the project, expected to open before year’s end, will play a role in China’s One Belt, One Road initiative:
The highway tunnel, which will connect Rize’s İkizdere district and Erzurum’s İspir district in northeastern Turkey, is also expected to reinvigorate the historic Silk Road. When connected to other road projects, the tunnel will help provide an uninterrupted link between the Silk Road and the Ural Mountains, offering easy access to the Baku-Tiflis-Kars Railway, connecting Turkey to northern China and constituting an important part of the middle corridor on the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative that aims to revive the ancient Silk Road.