Official opening ceremony of the third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait, named in honor of Sultan Selim the Terrible may be held next summer. This was announced on Friday, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said after visiting the construction of the object. The main construction works of this unique project are almost done.
Last year, the opening ceremony of the bridge due to the current technical problems was postponed several times. However, according to Davutoglu, opening will be held in the summer of 2016 “provided it is not any emergencies.” “About 88% of construction works of the facility are completed, we hope that the bridge and connecting roads will begin to operate in the near future”, – said the Turkish prime minister.
Thousands of workers and engineers are working around the clock on the construction of the facility. The total length of the bridge, whose construction was begun in 2013, will be 2164 meters, the length of the main span – 1408 meters. The bridge will have eight speed lanes and two rail lines. It will be the world’s longest suspension bridge with railway tracks. The height of the pylon is 322 meters which has been set in Garipce village in the European part of Istanbul, the height of another pylon is 318 meters which is located in Poyrazkoy district on the Asian side of Istanbul. Also the bridge will have the highest piers in the world.
Crossing the bridge the railway line will be from Edirne – district in northwest Turkey – to Izmit. In addition, passing over the bridge rail road together with tunnel “Marmara” will be part of the city’s underground and connect the international Ataturk Airport, Sabiha Gokcen Airport and the third largest airport in Istanbul, its construction is not finished yet.
During a press conference organized on the place of the construction Davutoglu tried to allay the fears of ecologists regarding the negative environmental consequences that may entail the construction of a bridge in the green areas. “We have undertaken all appropriate measures to save flora as well as the existing ecological balance,” – he said in response to the concerns voiced about the fact that construction of the bridge could affect the life of the fauna inhabiting this area.
The Turkish government has promised to build at least six ecological transitions (corridors) for wild animals and about the planned mass planting of green spaces to replace those trees that were cut down during preparation for construction of the bridge.