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Istanbul’s Third Bridge Nears Completion

The construction of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the third bridge over the Bosporus, being built to ease Istanbul’s traffic, is continuing at full speed. According to information obtained by Anadolu Agency (AA), the concrete towers on both sides have risen around 304.5 meters and the disassembly work of temporary scaffolds continues. The bridge, which will unite the two sides of the Bosporus, is expected to become operational in the first half of 2016.

While the walkways around the concrete bridge deck slabs continue, there are 40 standard steel bridge deck slabs, 19 on the European and 19 on the Asian side plus two transition segments. The remaining 19 steel bridge deck slabs are currently being manufactured in Tuzla and Altınova and 969 meters of the middle bridge deck slab, which will connect the two sides with a main span of 408 meters, has been completed with 439 meters left.

December 2015