LAST TWO MONTHS TO THE OPENING OF THE THIRD BRIDGE OF ISTANBULThe construction of Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge almost came to the end.
There will be two months more until the opening of Istanbul’s third bridge, for which 6.500 workers and engineers have been working since the groundbreaking ceremony on May 29, 2013. The two sides of İstanbul had been united for the third time after Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges, when the last 9-meter segment was installed on March 6, this year.
The bridge whose opening was cancelled several times due to technical problems, is planned to be finished on August 26. The height of the tower on the European side of the bridge is 322 meters and the tower on the Asian side is 318 meters high. With these figures, Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge will have the highest abutments in the world.
The bridge, containing two four-lane highways and a two-direction railway, will also be the longest suspension bridge in the world that includes a rail system. The rail system on the Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, which will have connections to Marmaray and İstanbul Metro, will continue to Edirne and İzmit. It will also connect İstanbul Atatürk Airport, İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and İstanbul’s third airport, which is still under construction. These features will make the bridge the heart of the Northern Marmara Motorway.
When it is opened, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is expected to ease the traffic jam particularly on Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges.