Çanakkale 1915 Bridge

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Çanakkale 1915 Bridge
Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü
North Marmara Motorway and Çanakkale 1915 Bridge.png
Planned line for the bridge and the adjacent motorway under construction.
Coordinates 40°20′18″N 26°37′58″E / 40.33833°N 26.63278°E / 40.33833; 26.63278Coordinates: 40°20′18″N 26°37′58″E / 40.33833°N 26.63278°E / 40.33833; 26.63278
Carries six lanes of roadway
Crosses Dardanelles
Locale Çanakkale Province, Turkey
Official name Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü
Design Suspension
Total length 3,869 m (12,694 ft)
Width 36 m (118 ft)
Longest span 2,023 m (6,637 ft)
Designer Tekfen Holding [1]
Constructed by Daelim - Limak - SK - Yapı Merkezi [2]
Construction start March 18, 2017
Construction end 2023
Toll € 15.00 plus VAT

The Çanakkale 1915 Bridge (Turkish: Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü) is a suspension bridge under construction situated at the western end of the Sea of Marmara between Gelibolu and Lapseki towns of Turkey's Çanakkale Province.

The bridge will have a total length of 3,869 m (12,694 ft). Its towers will be erected in the water. The approaching viaduct on the Lapseki side will be 650 m (2,130 ft) and the one on the Gelibolu side 900 m (3,000 ft) long.[3] Located approximately 200 km (120 mi) from İstanbul, it will be the longest suspension bridge in the world by its length of main span with 2,023 m (6,637 ft) surpassing the current world-record holder Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan by 32 m (105 ft).[4] The bridge will have a width of 36 m (118 ft), and will carry three traffic lanes in each direction.[3]

It will be part of the Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Balıkesir motorway project. The motorway will have a length of 354 km (220 mi) with 31 viaducts, five tunnels, 30 interchanges and 143 under- and overpasses.[3] The bridge is built between Sütlüce of Gelibolu in East Thrace and Kocaveli of Lapseki in Troas.[5]

The construction of the bridge will be carried out by a consortium of South Korean Daelim and SK Group, and the Turkish Limak Holding and Yapı Merkezi, which won the tender on January 26, 2017 offering the earliest completion date. The contract for the construction was signed by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea and Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication of Turkey on March 16, 2017. The groundbreaking for the bridge took place on March 18, 2017. The cost of the construction is budgeted to around Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png 10.35 billion (approximately US$ 2.8 billion). The opening of the bridge is scheduled for 2023.[4] The bridge toll is set to be € 15.00 plus VAT.[3]

Symbolic figures[edit]

Some symbolic figures are associated with the bridge. The name "1915" and the groundbreaking date "March 18" are related to the Turkish Naval Victory on March 18, 1915 during the naval operations in the Gallipoli Campaign. The length of the bridge's main span with "2,023" meters and the expected opening date of "2023" refer to the centennial of the Turkish Republic in 2023.[4]