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E-Roads and the Declaration on the Construction of Main International Arteries (AGR)

After the Second World War, the Declaration on the Construction of Main International Arteries or the European Agreement on Main International Traffic Arteries (AGR - Accord Grand Routes) was adopted by the  United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) on September 16, 1950 in Geneva.

The European E-Road Network was developed as a result of the activities conducted by UN/ECE. With the Law dated 10 March 1954 No. 6360 on the Accession of the Government of Turkish Republic to the Declaration on the Construction of Main  International Traffic Arteries which was signed in Geneva and to the Annex No.1, Annex No.2 and Annex No.3 of this Declaration, the Republic of Turkey ratified the Declaration on the Construction of the Main International Arteries which regulates the routes which are to be assigned to the network of E-Roads by the governments of the ECE Member States.

Turkey is situated at the south eastern European extension of the AGR international E-Road Network. According to the articles of the AGR, three arterial routes which enter  Turkey from Europe were defined. In the AGR, one of these three main routes reaching Turkey from Europe was defined as the E-80 arterial route which  enters from the Bulgarian border (the Kapıkule Border Gate); another arterial route reaching Turkey from Europe was specified as the E-90 arterial route which enters from the Greek border (the Ipsala Border Gate), the other main route reaching Turkey from Europe was defined as the E-70 arterial route encompassing the sea-crossing from Bulgarian Port of Varna on the western coast of the Black Sea to the Turkish Port of Samsun. These three arterial routes via Anatolia reach the international road networks of Middle East and Asia at the southern and the eastern boundaries of Turkey. (www.unece.org)

Total length of the E-Roads in Turkey is 9,353 km.      

                                                                                                                  


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