Italian contractor Astaldi has released images of the newly opened Third Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.
The hybrid cable-stayed bridge is part of a project worth more than US $3bn (£2.2bn) for the construction and subsequent operation of 150km of the Northern Marmara Highway linking the cities of Odayeri and Paşaköy.
Construction started in 2013 and work on the remaining sections of motorway is ongoing.
The bridge, built in less than three years, is reportedly the only suspension bridge in the world with a deck that includes motorway (eight lanes) and railway (two lines), all on the same level.
The bridge also features 322m-high A-shaped towers which are taller than the Eiffel Tower.
“The Third Bosphorus Bridge is a bridge of firsts that brings the industry of professional engineering to new heights. Astaldi is proud to have played a leading role in this ground-breaking project that demanded the very best in engineering skill and advanced technology,” said Astaldi Group chairman Paolo Astaldi.
“The bridge will not only bring new growth to the region and alleviate traffic pressure within Istanbul, but it will also create a new important link between Europe and Asia.”