Two Sides of Istanbul Strait Bridged Once Again

two-sidesThe European and Asian sides of Istanbul strait have been joined once again through the third suspension bridge having 10 lanes, two of them for railway system, the bridge will be at the service in August

The European and Asian sides of Istanbul strait have united once again with third suspension bridge. The last deck section of the suspension bridge was mounted with participation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The final deck section in middle of the suspension bridge was laid with a ceremony with participation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas and Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin. Transport Minister Yildirim said the two sides of the Istanbul strait would come together third time with the third bridge entitled Yavuz Sultan Selim suspension bridge. “In terms of width the suspension bridge is the widest bridge in the world, nearly 10 meters having 10 lanes. The first suspension bridge having also railway lanes,” he added. Minister Yildirim stressed that they had achieved the projects which would take Turkey by 2023, the centenary of the republic, one after the other, adding that the bridge has been completed its projected time lesser than three years. While first and second suspension bridges were built by foreign contractors, this one is being constructed by the Turkish contractors. “This shows Turkey’s change, transformation and progress,” he noted.

President Erdogan, PM Davutoglu and Minister Yildirim also welded the last deck section of the suspension bridge. The central span length of the bridge is 1,408 meters and 59 meters in width, as for with over 320 meters the bridge’s towers feature the highest in the world. The bridge would have reportedly cost $3 billion with eight lanes of motorway and two lanes of railway. More than 6,500 workers and engineers have worked diligently on the construction of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. The total length of the bridge is 2,164 meters. It will be the longest suspension bridge in the world that includes a rail system. The height of the tower in the village of Garipçe on the European side is 322 meters and the tower in the Poyrazköy district on the Asian side is 318 meters high. The rail system crossing the bridge will run from Edirne to Izmit, will be integrated into the Marmaray and Istanbul Metro and will also connect Istanbul Atatürk International Airport, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and the third airport, of which construction is currently continuing.

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