YAVUZ SULTAN SELİM BRIDGE OPENSThe third bridge on the Bosphorus, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, whose construction started in May 2013, was opened with an official ceremony on August 26.
Aside from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, 11th President of Turkey Abdullah Gül and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also gave a speech in the opening ceremony.
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge cost approximately 3 billion dollars. The passage fee from European to Asian side for automobiles is 9.90TL, whereas the passage from Asia to Europe is free.
The width of the bridge measures 59 meters, while its highest tower rises to 322 meters. There will be a total of ten lanes on the bridge; eight highway lanes and two railways that will be built in the middle section.
When the railways are completed, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, with a length of 2164 meters, will be "the longest suspension bridge in the world that includes a rail system".
Marmaray and İstanbul Metro will be linked with the rail system that will be built as part of the Northern Marmara Highway project, which will also connect Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport and the third airport that is still under construction. Northern Marmara Highway project is planned to be completed in 2018, after the construction of 260-kilometer long highway.
Also attending the opening ceremony were Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akıncı, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, together with senior officials from countries like Pakistan, Georgia and Serbia.