World Bulletin / News Desk
A third lane will be closed off to the traffic on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) Bridge, one of the two bridges linking the Asian and European continents in İstanbul, on July 25.
The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality will also be opening a new ferry route between Küçüksu and İstinye so as to prevent further traffic congestion on the bridge. The other remaining lanes on the bridge will remain open.
The Municipality announced that it will also provide extra bus services and car-carrying ferries, provided by İstanbul Ferry Lines (İDO). Maintenance and repairs on the FSM Bridge is being carried out between June 18 and Sept. 17.
The maintenance work is being done during the summer months as fewer cars cross the bridge at this time of the year. Approximately 250,000 cars cross the FSM Bridge every day during the winter, whereas this number drops to around 80,000-90,000 in the summer months. Maintenance work has also started on the Haliç Bridge.
In order to alleviate traffic, the state-owned İDO has staring offering a 24-hour car ferry service. The company announced that car ferries would run between Harem and Sirkeci 24 hours a day as of 6 a.m. on July 13. Experts have harshly criticized the municipality for poorly planning and carrying out maintenance on the bridge and for not adequately informing the public of alternative routes created to avert traffic jams on the bridge.
16 suspects arrested during operations in Istanbul, Ordu and Aksaray provinces
Heroin has been found concealed in pipes in trailer's bed in northwestern Kocaeli province
Turkish floating power plant will supply 150 megawatts of power to Sudan's national energy grid
Turkish Aerospace Industries will produce elevator for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
Turks living in Germany have democratic right to be informed by politicians of Turkish parties: Recep Akdag
Cavusoglu congratulates Lavrov on reappointment as foreign minister
Fuat Akkaya, Zeynal Kucuk are among 5 terrorists killed in counter-terrorism operation in Tunceli province
Deputy Abdullah Terzi informs Turkish Supreme Board of Election about his party BTP's decision
TurkPatent receives more than 40,000 trademark and 5,000 patent applications in Jan.-April period
Migrants include Syrian, Iraqi, Algerian, Palestinian, Pakistani, Libyan, Iranian, Moroccan nationals
2 former high-ranking officers handed down aggravated life sentences over their links to FETO
Ambassadors of all countries, except Israel, invited at ruling Justice and Development Party’s headquarters
Maoists targeted a police vehicle in Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Sunday, killing 7 policemen
Greek Asylum Commission accepted the petition of ex-Turkish soldiers suspected of involvement in coup bid
More than 20,000 citizens gather in Sarajevo to listen to Turkish president