The construction of Ashgabat-Turkmenabat autobahn has been started.

The solemn ceremony was held on 24 January on the 24 kilometers from the Ashgabat-Dashoguz auto road devoted to the start of the construction of a high-speed highway.

The realization of Ashgabat-Turkmenabat autobahn with a total amount of 2 billion 300 million USD has been entitled to the member of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan “Turkmen Autobahn” CJSC, which is general contractor of the project.

Deputies of Mejlis, heads of Ahal region, ministries and subordinate authorities, different enterprises, public organizations and mass media, entrepreneurs, elders and builders took part in a festive ceremony.

Deputy hakim of Ahal region, chairman of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, honorable elders of nation delivered welcome speeches.

The symbolic laying of the foundation of the future motorway was integrated with performances of folk musicians and creative groups. Exhibitions of decorative and applied arts were organized within the celebration.

The length of the Ashgabat-Turkmenabat autobahn is 600 kilometers. The highway will have 8 traffic lanes: three main and one additional on each side. The width of the highway will be 34.5 meters. 4 bridges over the rivers, 4 bridges over the railway, 22 bridges at the intersection with other highways will be built along the route. 76 pedestrian undercrossings, water collectors, bridges over mudflow channels, junctions and other facilities will be constructed too.

Road junctions of autobahn will be built on a tubular configuration, they will connect the expressway with settlements. Additionally, there will be an emergency lanes, road ditch and metal fences that will prevent the pass of animals and people to the track.

Payment terminals will be placed at the beginning and end. 10 service stations equipped with video surveillance systems, traffic police posts will be functioned along the highway. On each side of the highway will be build shops, hotels and cafes, and other related facilities. Special emergency telephone communication points will be located along the highway. Road traffic will be controlled by a special system, using continuous video surveillance. Also, participants of the movement will be able to receive information about the weather in real time.

By order of “Turkmen Autobahn” CJSC the construction of the autobahn with the landscaping of the adjacent territory will be carried out by the individual enterprises  “Nusay yollary” and “Hyzmat merkezi”, the economic societies “Oguz yoly” and “Altyn Nesil”.

According to the Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov the highway and its facilities should be delivered in operational status. It was instructed to execute the work in three stages, the last of which to be completed in December 2023.