Last steel block placed in Çanakkale 1915 Bridge
İSTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended via videoconference to the ceremony for the placement of the last steel block of 318-meter (1,043-feet) towers of the bridge in the country’s northwestern Çanakkale province.
“The [1915 Çanakkale] bridge with the title of the longest of its kind in the world, will decorate the Strait as a symbol of our 1915 Çanakkale Victory,” he said.
He underlined the importance of strong infrastructure and transportation saying the country’s success in it will be the biggest advantage in the world which will be reshaped politically and economically after the coronavirus.
Turkey on May 16 completed 32 tower blocks of 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, which will be put into service on March 18, 2022.
The suspension bridge will have the largest central span in the world.
The bridge is located in the most critical crossing point of the big highway surrounding the Marmara Sea from both sides and its 2,023-meter (6,637-feet) middle span is also an expression of the country’s 2023 targets, he stressed.
“I believe every citizen who will complete the strait trip -- which takes 1.5 hours by ferry -- in six minutes through this bridge, will graciously remember those who earned this work to our country,” he added.
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Referring to the country's health investments, Erdoğan said the second part of the Başakşehir City Hospital -- with its first part opened earlier -- will be opened via a videoconference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 21.
He stressed the importance of strong infrastructure and transportation saying the country’s success in it will be the biggest advantage in a world which will be reshaped politically and economically after the coronavirus.
Erdoğan also shared the features of the bridge on Twitter saying the total length of the bridge will be 3,563 meters (11,689 feet) and it will leave behind the world’s longest bridge -- the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge linking the city of Kobe and Awaji Island in Japan.
The six-lane bridge will become the world's largest middle span bridge with its distance between the towers, and the total highway length will be 352 kilometers (over 218 miles).
The project will cost 10.5 billion Turkish liras ($1.5 billion), the president noted.