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1915 Canakkale Bridge | A Megaproject Also A Record Breaker

1915 Canakkale Bridge | A Megaproject Also A Record Breaker

1915 Canakkale Bridge which is one of Turkey’s megaprojects is open to traffic. The grand opening was made with an official ceremony on March 18th. The date is also important since it is the 107th anniversary of the Canakkale Naval victory. The ceremony started with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The megaproject first started on March 18,2017. For this giant structure, over 5,000 workers were employed. It is the world’s longest midspan suspension bridge by it’s 2023 meter span. That’s why we can call it as a record breaker.

The bridge’s roads divide into three lanes in each direction. It’s design and architectural aspects are not coincidences. The artillery shells are an example of that since they are a tribute to the legendary World War I Battle of Gallipoli.

1915 Canakkale Bridge project stands as the country’s fourth bridge and fifth crossing that connects Asia and Europe after Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Marmaray Rail Tunnel, the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, the Eurasia Tunnel and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge.

The Importance of 1915 Canakkale Bridge

The bridge is important since it will approximately cut down the travel time to six minutes between Asia and Europe. Traveling without the bridge normally takes 30 minutes roughly via ferry. Sometimes cancelations can happen according to the weather conditions. Also on the holiday season, long queues make it harder to reach the ferry. That queues and crowds create a traffic jam. So rather than choosing the ferry the bridge has more advantages. In any case Canakkale Bridge ensures a time-saving and comfortable trip.

A Highway Chain Around Marmara Sea by The Megaproject

The giant bridge project of Canakkale will be connected to the Highway of Malkara-Canakkale. Once it connects, it will have a huge importance on this 101 km route. Also, when the highway linking project finishes with Gebze-Izmir, a huge highway chain will be complete around the Marmara Sea.

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