Taksim Pedestrianization Project
Taksim Pedestrianization Project is a project funded by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and built by Kalyon Construction to expand the square by taking the vehicle traffic of Taksim Square into tunnels and to rebuild the Artillery Barracks for the use of shopping malls, hotels, and residences in Gezi Park next to the square. The 1/5000 and 1/1000 scale plans, which were the basis of the project that finished the first part of the square arrangement, were cancelled by the Istanbul 1st Administrative Court on June 6, 2013. However, the construction was completed and Taksim tunnels were opened on September 13, 2013.
At the end of the works initiated today within the scope of Taksim Pedestrianization works, the junction connecting Mete Street and Sirselviler Street was expanded. In the continuation of the works for the two-way use of Sirselviler Street, it was aimed to make traffic fluid by widening part of the road leading to Mete Street.
The point where the funicular ventilation is located at the entrance of Inonu Street, which descends from Taksim Square to Gümüşsuyu, was etched around and turned into an intersection. Vehicles from Sirselviler will turn at this junction and enter Mete Street.
In the context of the goal of partially containing the traffic in Taksim Square, 400 meters long tunnels were built in the direction of Tarlabasi-Harbiye and 320 meters in the direction of Harbiye-Tarlabasi. With the completion of the first part of the project, pedestrians; They can walk between Taksim Gezi Park, AKM, Talimhane and İstiklal Street without traffic interruptions. With the project, the square had an area of about 100,000 square meters.