President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Tuesday got acquainted with the construction of the Ashgabat-Turkmenabat high-speed highway. The general contractor of the project is Türkmen Awtoban Closed Joint-Stock Company, TDH news agency reports.
The 600-kilometer highway is designed to speed up and increase the volume of cargo transportation through the territory of Turkmenistan. After linking with the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi highway, the autobahn connecting the eastern region of the country with the capital will provide freight trucks with direct access to the Turkmenbashi International Seaport, and then by sea to the Caucasus, Europe, to the south of Russia, to the north of Iran, to the Persian and Oman gulfs, according to the report.
By order of the Türkmen Awtoban CJST, the general contractor of the project, the construction of the modern highway with the improvement of the adjacent territory is carried out by Nusaýýollary, Hyzmat Merkezi, Edermen and Altyn Nesil private companies.
The project is planned to be implemented in three phases, the first part of the highway Ashgabat – Tejen will be opened this year, the second section, Tejen – Mary, in December 2022 and the third from Mary to Turkmenabat in December 2023.
The highway will have eight lanes – three main and one auxiliary on each side of the road. The width of the road will be 34.5 meters. The highway will start from the intersection, which will be built at the 24th kilometre of Ashgabat – Dashoguz road. Payment terminals, which will provide electronic payments, traffic control services and recreation area will be located at the same place.
For proper maintenance of the high-speed road, it is also planned to build relevant stations. Traffic will be controlled by an automatic system that, using continuous video surveillance, will collect, store and transmit all traffic data and information to the traffic supervision service. Reports from the weather station, including information on humidity and visibility distance, will also be sent to the traffic supervision service.