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​Road Network
 
             General Directorate of Highways founded in 1950 aimed at reaching the every corner of the country in the beginning. In that period roads with high standards weren’t required due to the less traffic of motor vehicle.
     
             Between the years of 1950-1960 the first purpose of the works was to make the roads accessible in all seasons in order to take public services; such as, health, education, etc., to every corner of the country. During this period due to the gradual construction system roads were improved according to the traffic density, while the new routes were specified and regions of economic importance were connected with modern and appropriate road networks.
 
             By implementing speed techniques the road network expanded to 60 000 km. which met the need of Turkey in 1960. However, after it reached to a specific level asphalt pavement became obligatory between the years of 1960 and 1970 due to the increase in traffic volume.
 
              In 1970s with the establishment of motor vehicle industry, the policy of highways gained new dimensions. Around the big cities and in main axis where the traffic jam occurred, multilane expressways and motorways constructions became economical.  A new technology was required due to the complexity of planning, financing, designing and constructing these kind of roads for which economic assessments  were significant. General Directorate of Highways realized its first implementations with the project of the Bosphorus Bridge and İstanbul Ring Road.
    
             Turkey, being aware of its geographic importance, spends great effort to establish transportation connections between Europe, Asia and Africa. The system of highways network in our country is significant to provide national development, unity and general development in the region.
 
             The total length of highway which is under control of General Directorate of Highways is 65 909 ​km. and made up with three kinds of road:
 
      •Motorway
      •State Highway
      •Provincial Road
 
             General Directorate of Highways is a public entity with special budget financing, under the auspicious of the Ministry of Transport and Communication and responsible for planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of motorways, state and provincial roads in compliance with the law numbered 6001. The roads under the control of other institutions are as follows:
 
      •Village Roads
      •Touristic Roads
      •Forest Roads
      •Urban Roads
           
              The construction and maintenance of the touristic roads are carried out by General Directorate of Highways through the finance of the Ministry of Tourism. Village, Forest, Urban roads are respectively under control of  Provincial Special Administrations, The Ministry of Forest and municipalities.
 
 

ROAD NETWORK ACCORDING TO SURFACE TYPES (KM)

01.01.2017

 

Asphaltic

Concrete

 Surface

Treatment

 Stone

 Block

Stabilized

 Earth

 Primitive

 Total

Motorways
  2 155
-
-
-
-
-
  2 155
State Highways
15 576
15 077
67
40
-
346
31 106
Provincial Roads
  3 070
27 054
230
553
503
2 103
33 513
Total
20 801
42 131
297
593
503
2 449
66 774
 
 

DIVIDED ROADS

01.01.2017

Motorways    2 155
State Highways  19 790
Provincial Roads    1 499
Total  23 444