Construction of Phase 2 of Tehran-North Freeway Starts
Saeedikia apologized for the inordinate delays, saying Phase 1 will
be completed before the Iranian year ends in March 2018.
The Tehran-North Freeway, connecting the capital city Tehran to Chalous in
the Caspian Sea Province of Mazandaran, will fully come on stream by March
2023, said Mohammad Saeedikia, the head of Mostazafan Foundation, a large
socioeconomic conglomerate in Iran that oversees the project.
The mega project worth $2.2 billion consists of four phases spanning 121 km.
Saeedikia was quoted as saying by Roads Ministry’s news portal that Phase 1
of the project, spanning 32 kilometers from Tehran, has made 85% progress
while work on Phase 2 was officially launched in June.
“The 22-kilometer stretch is being constructed by four Iranian contractors.
Phase 1 will cut short the existing route to the Caspian resort by 60
kilometers. This part includes a 6,500-meter tunnel, the excavation of which
was completed recently,” he said.
“Phases 2 and 3 pass through rugged mountainous terrain and will take longer
to complete. The 20-km Phase 4 was inaugurated in March 2014.”
Tehran-North Freeway started work 20 years ago. During his visit to the site
on June 17, Saeedikia apologized for the inordinate delays, saying Phase 1
will be completed before the Iranian year ends in March 2018.
The construction of the second chunk of the freeway was officially launched
(June 17) in the presence of First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, Minister
of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, and Saeedikia.
A Token of Iran’s High-Tech
Head of the Mostazafan Foundation said that the construction of Tehran-North
Freeway with high-tech methods signifies Iranian engineers and contractors’
scientific and technical capabilities.
He reiterated that Tehran-North Freeway Company and Ministry of Roads and
Urban Development are determined to complete the project soon.
He emphasized the fact that Iranian contractors were able to show their
capabilities in this project.
Phase 2 of Tehran-North Freeway Starts
During his inspection tour of the project in June 2017, Jahangiri ordered
the start of operation of the Phase 2 of the 22 km freeway.
Akhoundi called the project ‘the biggest construction workshop of the
“In the Phase 1, all the workshops are working actively and we are trying to
make the phase with a length of less than 40 km ready for public use,” said
“Simultaneously with the start of the second phase construction, we begin
our work on the Phase 3 too; however, the work and construction in this
phase 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
The third phase, a four-lane freeway for both ways commuting, has an
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.
During an earlier visit to the long drawn-out project’s construction sites
in May 2016, Jahangiri had said the construction of Tehran-North Freeway
requires 80 trillion rials ($2.3 billion at market exchange rate).
“This is while only 200 billion rials ($58 million) have been allocated to
the project in the current year’s budget,” he was quoted as saying.
He referred to the limited financial resources as the main hurdle in the way
of the freeway’s completion.
Also, the minister of roads said the government has reduced the number of
Chinese contractors working in this section to draw on domestic
DAEWOO Signs Agreement to Build Phase 3
Daewoo E&C signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the construction
of Tehran-North Freeway Lot 3. Under the agreement, the company would be in
charge of engineering, procurement and construction for the project to build
the third chunk of the freeway, including 47-kilometer tunnel and bridge
ranging from Hezardram to Marzanabad. The deal had an estimated value of
around US $1.5 billion.
The project is of vital importance to the people especially in the capital
as it can save many lives as well as much time, money and energy.
According to the agreement which was signed early May, 2016, the Korean firm
will have 6 months to study ways for the better implementation of the
Tehran-North Freeway project.
A Chinese company had several years ago been granted a share in the
construction of the second chunk of the freeway, while an Iranian company
was in charge of the construction of the fourth chunk. After Iran voiced
dissatisfaction with the Chinese operation and progress, they were replaced
with another major Iranian construction company to finish off the job.
The officials of DAEWOO were accompanying the then South Korean president
Park Geun-hye during her Tehran visit.
In related news, the CEO of Iran’s Construction and Development of
Transportation Infrastructure Company (CDTIC) said the company is ready to
sign a deal with the Khatam ul-Anbia Construction Base on the construction
of Tehran-North Freeway should Koreans fail to implement the mega project.
Ali Nourzad told Tasnim News that the Tehran-North Freeway Company has
recently signed a MoU with a South Korean construction firm on developing
He said that according to the deal, the Koreans should meet their
commitments within four months in order for the MoU to become operational.
The official went on to say that if the Korean company fails to fully
implement the project, the CDTIC is ready to sign a deal with the Khatam
ul-Anbia Construction Base, a conglomerate belonging to the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
900 km of Freeways under Construction in Iran
There are 900 kilometers of freeways under construction in Iran, the deputy
head of Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructures
Company, affiliated to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, said in
Seyyed Hossein Mirshafi also referred to Tabriz-Marand-Bazargan and
Isfahan-Shiraz freeways as two major projects currently under construction.
The project, launched in early April, includes four sections, spanning 253
kilometers from Tabriz, the capital of the northwestern East Azarbaijan
Province, to the city of Bazargan on Iran-Turkey border.
Bazargan accounts for a considerable share of road transportation between
Iran and Turkey.
The 63-kilometer-long Phase 1, starting from Tabriz, needs 9.4 trillion
rials ($250 million) in investment.
Mirshafi said it is being constructed by domestic private companies and will
be completed in the next Iranian year (March 2018-19).
The 225-kilometer freeway project, comprised of six phases, will connect the
central provincial capital of Isfahan to the southern city of Shiraz in Fars
Province, according to its contractor, Isfahan-Shiraz Freeway Company.
The project needs 16 trillion rials ($426 million) in investment.
According to Mirshafi, the freeway will cut short the current route between
the two cities by 100 kilometers.
The first phase, with a length of 54 kilometers, will be completed by
September 2018, the official said.
The freeway is designed to connect with another freeway project in Isfahan
Province that stretches 93 kilometers.
He noted that 63 kilometers of the project are under construction and the
government is in talks to finalize a contract for the remaining 30
Plan for Further 500 Kilometers
According to Mirshafi, talks are in final stages to sign contracts to start
the construction of 500 km of freeways across the country.
“We have also signed 40 MoUs to build new freeways,” he said, adding that
the cabinet has yet to approve these preliminary deals before they can end
up becoming firm contracts.
Among the new projects in the making, he referred to a freeway from Mashhad
to Qouchan, which is being negotiated with Iran’s Astan-e Quds-e Razavi—a
charitable conglomerate based in Mashhad and engaged in a wide range of
economic activities—as well as a 1,000-km freeway from the city of Qom to
Mashhad, which is to be carried out by IRGC’s Khatam ul-Anbia Construction
The Parsian-Lamerd project, freeways in Sirjan and Arak counties and part of
a freeway from Bandar Abbas to Tehran are also among projects yet to be
Back in July 2016, the Iranian government signed a €3.6 billion deal with
Italy’s highway agency ANAS for the construction and management of a
1,200-km road project linking the Persian Gulf port of Bandar Imam Khomeini
to Bazargan on Iran’s border with Turkey.
five-year development plan (2017-22) stipulates that the total length of
Iran’s freeways should reach 7,500 kilometers by 2022. Currently, there are
2,500 kilometers of freeways across the country.