EghtesadOnline: With a visit of the First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri to Tehran-north Freeway, the construction operation of the second section of this freeway with the length of 22 km started on Saturday.
The second part of the freeway has the longest tunnel in Iran with 6,400 meters length.
There are four Iranian contractors, by public tender, taking charge of the construction of the second section, IRNA reported.
Abbas Akhondi, the Minister of Roads and Urban Development, was also present at Jahangiri's visit to the project and named the project as ‘the biggest construction workshop of the country’.
“On the first section, all the workshops are working actively and we are trying to make the first section with the length of less than 40 km ready for public use,” said Akhondi.
“Simultaneously with the starting of the second section construction, we begin our work on the third stage too; however, the work and construction in this section is very hard and has lots of technical difficulties.'
'For technical matters as well as for funding and implementing the project, we are negotiating with a Korean company and three Chinese ones,” the minister added, referring to the long tunnels as the main matter in the second section.
The third section, a four-lane freeway for both ways commuting, has the approximate length of 46 km.
“The freeway’s architecture is of great importance and for the first time the architecture of the road and its high safety have been put into consideration,” he said stressing upon the high cost of this freeway.