(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development has announced talks with the investor to restart work on building a Persian Gulf Bridge between Qeshm Island and Bandar Abbas Port on the mainland.

Mohammad Eslami stated: “Building the bridge had been stopped for various reasons, including environmental difficulties for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

He reiterated: “Steps have been taken for the funding and engineering studies of the project. We have also been conducting discussions with the investor to see if we can restart construction work.”

Eslami said that the Persian Gulf Bridge is a symbol of advanced engineering to connect Qeshm Island to Bandar Abbas Port, adding: “The bridge will help the economic progress of the region and facilitate access to Qeshm Free Zone. It can also be used as a suitable transit point.”

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Persia Digest (PD) reports that the project of constructing a bridge between Qeshm Island as the largest island in the Persian Gulf and the mainland has been in the pipeline since 1975, but it was never implemented. After the Islamic Revolution the idea was revived in Hashemi Rafsanjani’s cabinet. The studies were completed in 2009 and work began in 2010.

The length of the bridge from start to finish is 4130 meters and the piles are currently being constructed. To date, the project has cost 230 billion tomans (USD 20MM) and work has progressed by 17 percent. The funding for the project has been quoted as euros 855MM.

The Hormozgan governor announced in May this year that the most important reason for stopping the project was the lack of funding.

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