A new bridge over Dardanelles next year

Matea Uhlik Vidović, 09.09.2016.
The construction of the world's longest suspension bridge to be built in Çanakkale will begin on 18th of March ,2017. The 1915 Çanakkale bridge with a central span of 2,023 meters will be built between the Lapseki and Gelibolu districts of Çanakkale and it won’t disturb the archeological sites in the region. Stating that the 45-kilometer-long highway, spanning a route from the district of Gelibolu to Malkara in Tekirdağ, will be constructed as part of the bridge's bidding as well, the road will be later connected to the Istanbul-İzmir Highway in the Savaştepe district of Balıkesir and exit from Kınalı in the north. The project is a product of the government's drive to develop a transportation network between major cities. Turkey's new bridge will be a mammoth project on a scale around

Fig. 1 The sketch of the bridge

The bridge will have 2x3 lanes and will also have train tracks. The project will be completed in accordance with the build-operate-transfer model and will not use any public resources. The bridge will not only serve the people of Çanakkale but also the movement of freight from Europe, Kapıkule and Trace to Turkey, being transported to the Aegean region and the Western Mediterranean as well as the western part of Turkey. Turkey is seeking to complete the new bridge by 2023, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. The tendering process for the Çanakkale crossing project is still open.

Fig. 2 Digital overview of the future bridge

Source: dailysabah.com