The Longest Suspension Bridge of the World Opens in Turkey

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge officially opened in a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, March 18, 2022.

The world’s longest mid-span and highest tower suspension bridge, the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge was completed 18-months ahead of schedule.

Tendered by the Turkish Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, General Directorate of Motorways in 2017, financed and constructed by the Turkish-Korean joint venture partners—DL E&C–Limak–SK ecoplant–Yapı Merkezi—the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will enable the crossing between Asia and Europe continents in six minutes through the Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles). It will also provide a new heavy transit alternative to the Istanbul Strait passage, meaning faster and more cost-effective freight transport, as well as strengthened economic, political, tourism and social bonds for the region.

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge is 4,608 meters in length. It has a central span of 2,023 meters and a total bridge tower height of 318 meters (334 meters the top point). The Bridge connects Gelibolu on the European side to Lapseki on the Asian side. It has been named 1915 Çanakkale in honor of the Çanakkale Battle during World War I that took place between Turkish and Allied forces.

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