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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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