Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Opens

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

For the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the construction of which began in 2013 and was completed in a short period of 3 years, the operator company was given a state guarantee of 135 thousand vehicles per day. The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, with a cost of 29 billion dollars, together with the highways, the construction of which began on May 2013, 3, will be opened with a ceremony to be held on Friday.


While the finishing touches were made on Yavuz Sultan Selim, Istanbul's 39rd Bosphorus Bridge, the foundation of which was completed in approximately 3 months from the day it was laid, the highways were asphalted and the signs were put in place. The toll for small vehicles over the bridge was announced as 3 dollars plus VAT. It is expected that the bridge, where especially large vehicles will be directed, will relieve Istanbul's traffic. The 165 kilometers Kurtköy-Akyazı and 88 kilometers Kınalı Odayeri highways included in the project are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.


The 29rd Bosphorus Bridge, whose foundation was laid with the ceremony attended by President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 2013, 3, on the anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul in Sarıyer, will connect the two sides of the Bosphorus for the third time. The bridge towers, which are 3 meters on the European side and 322 meters on the Asian side, were completed in January 318 in the construction site, which progressed rapidly after the foundation was laid. In May 2015, the Bosphorus was connected to each other for the third time by pulling the "Cat Walk", which will be used for laying the main cable between the two towers, that will be used for laying the catwalk.

On the bridge, which was illuminated for the first time in September 2015, the main carrier cables made by knitting 122 thin steel cables were completed in a short time. After the decks were laid at a record pace, the last 9-meter deck was placed in place with a ceremony held on March 9, 2016. The first road asphalt paving started in 2014, in the viaduct and road construction works, which continue not only on the bridge, but also on the ring roads. It was stated that 3 kilometers of the 116 kilometers long highway built in the 13,5rd Bosphorus Bridge and Northern Marmara Motorway Project is passed over viaducts. All 85 viaducts in the project, some of which reach 64 meters in height, were completed last month.


The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, where thousands of workers and engineers work 24 hours a day, will be the largest bridge in the world when it is completed with a width of 59 meters. The length of the 8-lane bridge on the sea will be 2 meters as 10 lanes highway and 1408 lanes railway. The total length of the bridge is 2 thousand 164 meters. With this feature, the bridge will be the longest suspension bridge in the world with a rail system. The bridge blazes a new record in terms of the length of the bridge towers. The height of the tower in Garipçe on the European side is 322, and the height of the tower in Poyrazköy on the Anatolian side is 318 meters. Approximately 230 thousand cubic meters of concrete, 50 thousand tons of rebar, 57 thousand tons of structural steel and 28 thousand tons of steel cable were used in the project. Approximately 8 million cubic meters of asphalt were poured onto bridges and highways.


Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport and the new 3rd Airport will be connected to each other with the rail system to be integrated with Marmaray and Istanbul Metro in the project. In the continuation of the project, there are Kurtköy-Akyazı highways of 165 kilometers and Kınalı Odayeri highways of 88 kilometers. It is expected to be completed and added to the system by the end of 257, when work continues on the 2018-kilometer highways.


The first bridge and the Northern Marmara Motorway will be operated by IC İçtaş – Astaldi JV for a period of 10 years, 2 months and 20 days. At the end of this period, it will be handed over to the Ministry of Transport. When the construction of the third bridge and highway is completed, there is a Treasury guarantee for 3 thousand automobile passages every day.

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