One of the most important stages of the 18 Çanakkale Bridge, the construction of which started on March 2017, 1915, is the process of 'floating the caissons of the caissons from the dry pool to the wet pool'. and Communications Ministers Lütfi ELVAN was held with the participation of Ahmet ARSLAN and many public and private sector representatives.
Speaking at the ceremony, Parliament Speaker Binali YILDIRIM stated that the bridge is planned for the 100th Anniversary of the Republic in 2023, but the project will be completed on 18 March 2022.
YILDIRIM, who said, “Fatih, who made Istanbul the capital of our cherished nation, lowered the ships from the land to the Golden Horn in a night, and from here we take the foundation of the historical bridge to the sea and place it in the prepared places a few months later,” YILDIRIM said that the approximate cost of the bridge is 20 billion TL, he said that this amount is more than the annual income of many countries.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure M. Cahit TURHAN stated that the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge will connect the two sides of the Çanakkale Strait, which is twice the length of the Bosphorus, and said, “When the bridge is completed, the most important service, industry and tourism center of our country and Thrace, our favorite Western Anatolian Region. The economic and social life in will become much more attractive. ”
Stating that caisson immersion is one of the most troublesome stages in bridge construction, TURHAN stated that 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, which was built with a Public-Private cooperation model, is one of the biggest projects of our country with an investment amount of 3 billion 100 million Euros.
Pointing that the one-hour journey by ferry will be reduced to 4 minutes with this bridge, TURHAN said, “In this way, we will also ensure that the ongoing Gebze - İzmir and Edirne - Kınalı - Istanbul - Ankara Motorways, İzmir - Aydın and Marmara and Aegean Regions are integrated. " said.
With the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, TURHAN will integrate the port, railway, air transportation systems and road transportation network in the Marmara and Aegean Region, where the vitality of the country's economy and a significant part of the population live; He said that European Union countries and especially Bulgaria and Greece based cargo movements will reach Aegean, Western Anatolia and Western Mediterranean quickly.
Stating that the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge deserves praise with its engineering potential as well as its location, TURHAN added that when it is completed, it will be the longest middle span suspension bridge in the world with its middle span of 2023 meters and its total length will reach 4 thousand 608 meters with side openings and viaducts.
1915 Çanakkale Bridge is within the scope of Malkara-Çanakkale Section of Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Savaştepe Highway, which is projected with a total length of 324 km.
The 88 km long Malkara-Çanakkale Section; 13 km Highway and 101 km Connection Road; After passing from the south of Malkara settlement, west of Şarköy district, it goes to the southwest and reaches the Gelibolu Peninsula from the east of Evreşe district, passing through the north of Gelibolu, and reaching the area of Lapkaya in the district of Şekerkaya with the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge located between Sütlüce - Şekerkaya.
The bridge of the bridge, which is planned as a double deck with a width of 45,06 m and a height of 3,5 m, will sit freely on the improved sea floor on the Asian side -45 m and on the European side -37 m depth. The bridge, whose steel tower height will be approximately 318 m, will serve the traffic with 2 × 3 lanes.
203 units of 165 mines with 2,5 m diameter were drilled in the northern tower and 368 mines were installed in the northern tower and XNUMX m for the ground improvement.
Asian and European anchor works in the suspension bridge works, Asian Approach viaducts are underway, while the Asian Tower foundation is underway.