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Istanbul residents faced traffic chaos today after the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) Bridge and Haliç Bridge were partially closed for repair work this morning, daily Hürriyet reported.

The closures caused long delays, and traffic was almost stopped in some locations.

Traveling the 23 kilometers between the FSM Bridge and İstoç neighborhood in Bağcılar district now takes 140 minutes instead of the 20 minutes under normal conditions, according to reports.

Passengers who tried to use public transport had to jump over barriers to reach vehicles due to closed side roads.

Istanbul Gov. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu reportedly apologized to Istanbul residents for the traffic jams.


June/18/2012

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Jacharchi

6/18/2012 6:27:07 PM

Well, bridge work and maintenance has to be done sometime and I'm sure that the summer months see fewer vehicles in the bridge. Maintenance has to be done or if the bridge collapsed, there would be an uproar. HOWEVER the bad planning happened years ago and now everyone suffers... they should have more "park and ride" areas so that people can look to public transportation as a real alternative. And for God's sake, put more Metrobuses on the roads!

Blue Dotterel

6/18/2012 5:48:11 PM

Good planning!
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