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The Gallery | Turkey unveils Third Bosphorus Bridge

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.”

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  • It is truly an impressive achievement, particularly given the tight timeframe in which the design and construction was achieved. The fabrication and assembly of the 59m wide steel boxes was completely local (Altinova). The transportation to the bridge site and erection proceeded smoothly. As the Lender's Technical Advisor for Mott MacDonald, I consider it a privilege to have been involved throughout the duration with this remarkable project. In a grand ceremony befitting the technical achievement, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, cut the ribbon on 26th August and the heavies began to roll across the Third Bosphorus Bridge. The President was accompanied by other dignitaries including Binali Yildirim, the Prime Minster of Turkey.
    Abdul Farooq FICE

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