The World’s Fourth Longest Bridge Was Completed
The last bridge deck for the İzmit Bay Bridge, which has become the fourth longest suspension bridge with the largest central span in the world, was installed Thursday in a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Binali Yıldırım and Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Işık.


The 433-kilometer-long motorway is expected to provide a direct connection from Istanbul and its surrounding provinces to the third and fourth largest cities in Turkey, Izmir and Bursa respectively.The project begins with an interchange (2×5 lanes) that will be built 2.5 kilometers after the Gebze Interchange on the Anadolu Highway and ending at the Otogar Intersection on the İzmir Highway.


The bridge will reach a height of 252 meters and the bridge deck will be 25.93 meters long, with a main span length of 1,550 meters. Totaling 2,682 meters, the İzmit Bay Bridge will have the fourth largest main span in the world. This new bridge will decrease the travel time between Izmir and Istanbul with approximately six-and-a-half hours.


President Erdoğan declared that the new bridge which connects both sides of the Izmit Bay in northwestern Turkey will be named after the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman Gazi.

wow! quite the bridge :O
Amazing to think of the amount of engineering that went into something like that too.

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thanks for sharing. that is a massive bridge
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