Viaduct under construction collapses in Turkey’s southeast

Viaduct under construction collapses in Turkey’s southeast

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Viaduct under construction collapses in Turkey’s southeast

A viaduct under construction in the southeastern province of Siirt collapsed on Dec. 18, Doğan News Agency reported.

The Beğendik Suspension Bridge, built in Siirt’s Pervari district, was planned to be the country’s longest before it crumbled.

No casualties have been reported, while the cause of the collapse remains unknown.

The bridge, which cost 100 million Turkish Liras and has been under construction since 2013, collapsed just as the final sections were being built, Ali Okumuş, the chief of the construction site, said.

Had the construction finalized, the bridge would have stretched a distance of 410 meters, stood 150 meters high and would have been ready by the end of 2018, Doğan News Agency reported.

Nearly 200 construction workers on the site witnessed one-eighth of the bridge collapse at its final phases on Dec. 18.

Engineers have begun investigating the incident, searching for the cause of the collapse.

viaduct, Siirt, Turkey