Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering


In the time of the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Empire, the majority of the roads were built for the purpose of the major military campaigns. Later, the discovery of the ocean rout via the Cape of Good Hope caused the old caravan routes to be neglected; and consequently, the roads of Turkey were allowed to deteriorate. With the development of express highways and modern commercial vehicles, Turkey has now entered an era in which road transport is again in a position to compete even with sea transportation. Turkey, therefore, will play once again an important part internationally and this fact has been taken into account in the present planning of her national highways, for they will also serve as international traffic arteries. The following pages present Turkish highway policy with its complete details in this new highway era and criticize it from administrative, technical and economical points of view.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Roads -- Turkey
Traffic regulations -- Turkey


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University