World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey today launches the construction of a third bridge over the Bosporus Strait on Wednesday, the anniversary of İstanbul's conquest by the Ottomans.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım and several other ministers attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge in the neighborhood of Garipçe in İstanbul's Sarıyer district.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they were writing history and laying the foundation of another huge project once again on the 560th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul.
Laying the foundation of the third bridge and motorway of North Marmara in Garipce, a district in Istanbul, Erdogan said "We continue to write history and leave historical artifact in Istanbul like the other 80 provinces of Turkey with the inspiration received from our past and ancestors."
Erdogan said they promised "7 major works to 7 hills" but these 7 works would not be enough for today's Istanbul, and added, "3rd Bosphorus Bridge that is to be "third necklace of Istanbul" will be one of these seven works. We have brought a civilization project to the city of civilizations which is Istanbul. Today in Istanbul, we are writing history and laying the foundation of another huge project once again on 560th anniversary of the conquest of the city."
Pointing out to a different feature involving a rail system of the bridge, Erdogan said "We will see heavy vehicles in Istanbul no more. This bridge will be an answer for the heavy vehicles and an alternative to other bridges in Istanbul. It is to have very different outlook with its connecting roads. Above all, this bridge will have enviroment-friendly feature that is going to protect the nature."
"The first bridge carries the name of the founder of the Republic of Turkey and first President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The second bridge carries the name of Sultan Fatih Sultan Mehmed who gifted Istanbul to us and was praised by Prophet Muhammad as the conquerer of Istanbul. Our friends and government have put deep thought into the name of the third bridge and we alltogether came to the conclusion that it should be named after the Ottoman Sultan 'Yavuz Sultan Selim.", Turkish President Abdullah Gül said in the ceremony.
The third bridge which is to be built on the Istanbul Strait is being referred to as the bridge of the “firsts.” An 8 highway and 2 railway lanes will pass along the bridge at the same level. With a width of 59 meters, is will be the world's widest, and with a main span of 1,408 meters, it will be the longest suspension bridge with a rail system.
In addition, with a height of 320 meters, the bridge will also be the world's highest suspension bridge with a tower.
The piers will have a depth of 20 meters and be 20 feet in diameter, and will be12 meters below sea level.
The target is to complete construction on the bridge in 2015.
The proposed 1,275-meter-long suspension bridge over the Bosporus is planned to connect Garipçe on the European side with the Poyrazköy neighborhood in Beykoz on the Asian side.
Described as Turkey's second-largest build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme, the project is expected to cost $6 billion and will connect the Northern Marmara Highway with the Trans-European Motorway, spanning 414 kilometers from Adapazarı to Tekirdağ. The bridge is also expected to ease traffic congestion in İstanbul.
Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas on Wednesday said, "In a period where the two bridges cannot function urban transportation services due to daily traffic, the addition of the new bridge will make the two others real city bridges."
Topbas stated that they would leave a mark in history on the 560th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul.
"I congratulate all members of the technical team. In a period where the two bridges cannot function urban transportation services due to daily traffic, the addition of the new bridge will make the two others real city bridges. Around 25,000 trucks travel past Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge daily and occurence of accidents from time to time block the traffic for hours. A bridge providing relief in terms of transportation will begin to serve Istanbul," he noted.
President of IC Holding Ibrahim Cecen also spoke on behalf of all contractor companies and stated that they would complete the construction of the bridge in three years and would run it for 10 years and two months.
The bridge would be among the world's significant bridges in terms of its design and technical properties, Cecen added.Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2013, 17:15