The 3rd Bridge and Northern Marmara Highway Project, which is accepted as one of the most prestigious projects of Turkey, will be completed in the first half of 2016. Mr. Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of Turkey informed media about the current status and progress of the project.
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge – which will be built within the scope of Northern Marmara Highway Project – will be the 3rd bridge to be built on the Bosphorus of Istanbul after the Boğaziçi Bridge – which entered into service in 1973 – and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge –which was completed in 1988.
The 3rd Bosphorus Bridge will become the first bridge of the world on which an 8-lane highway and 2-lane railway will be on the same level. With its 59-meter width and 1408-meter main clearance, it will take the title of the longest and widest suspension bridge of the world. Additionally, it will be the bridge to have the highest tower in the world with its height exceeding 320 meters.
The concept design of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was made in partnership of construction engineer Michel Virlogeux – who is named as the “French bridge master” – and Swiss T-Engineering company.
Minister told reporters that 95 percent of the linking completed, only 391 meters are left for the reunion of Asian and European sides. The first phase of steel deck montage operations in 3rd Bridge Project by ICA has been completed. The montage and the welding of 42 out of 59 steel decks, heaviest of which is 923 tons, is over. Minister also noted that 88 percent of total projected completed which includes 115 kilometers of connection roads. Yıldırım said, “In this state, the bridge is estimated to operate in the first half of 2016, in April or May”.