State road D.915 (Turkey)

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Route information
Part of
Length 179 km[1] (111 mi)
Major junctions
North end Of, Trabzon, D-010 Jct
South end Aşkale, Erzurum, D-100 Jct
Highway system
Turkish State Highway System (Devlet Yolu)

D.915 is a north-to-south state road in northeastern Turkey. The 179 km-long (111 mi) road starts at Of, Trabzon on the coast of the Black Sea branching from D.010 and ends in Aşkale, Erzurum joining D.100 running in a high-elevation mountainous terrain. The route is composed of two parts crossed and overlapped by D.050 on a length of 13 km (8.1 mi) north of Bayburt. The northern part, between Of and Bayburt is 107 km (66 mi) long, and the southern part, between Bayburt and Aşkale is 72 km (45 mi)[1] The northern section is considered one of the most dangerous routes in the world.[2]

The route's northern part runs through the districts of Trabzon Dernekpazarı and Çaykara, passes by Uzungöl and crosses Mount Soğanlı of the Karadeniz Mountain Range with the Soğanlı Pass at 2,330 m (7,640 ft) AMSL on the province border Trabzon-Bayburt, and crosses over Çoruh River before joining D.050.[1]

Starting on the junction of D.050 in Bayburt, the southern part of the route runs through Maden, crosses Mount Kop of the Otlukbeli Mountains with the Kop Pass at 2,409 m (7,904 ft) AMSL just south of the province border Bayburt-Erzurum, where a hghway tunnel is under construction to ease the route with several hairpin turns. It reaches Aşkale on the D.100 (E80). The route from Bayburt to Aşkale is part of E87.[1]

Road from Of to Bayburt[edit]

Built in 1916 by the Russian soldiers following the Trebizond Campaign, the road from Of to Bayburt runs on Mt. Soğanlı climbing up to an elevation of 2,035 m (6,677 ft) above sea level. The route without guardrails includes 29 steep hairpin turns. While the start and end sections of the route are paved with asphalt, the center part is only gravel.[3] It is difficult to travel particularly in wet and dark conditions or by fog and snow, and it is considered as one of the most dangerous roads of the world, even more dangerous than the Death Road in Bolivia.[3][4][5][6]

Named Derebaşı Turns, the most risky part of the route is situated in Çaykara with 13 hairpin turns. At a length of only 5.1 km (3.2 mi), it has an elevation difference from 1,712 to 2,035 m (5,617 to 6,677 ft).[3][5]


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  2. ^ "For daring drivers only: the world's scariest roads". Yahoo Travel. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bayburt Of Yolu-D915". Dangerous Roads. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Adrenalin tutkunlarına Bayburt-Of yamaç yolu". Sabah (in Turkish). 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Derebaşı dünyanın en tehlikeli yolu seçildi". Çaykara Gazetesi (in Turkish). Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Dünyanın en tehlikeli yolu Bayburt'ta". CNN Türk (in Turkish). 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2016-01-24.