World’s widest suspension bridge completed

Vania Goncalves 31 Aug 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Third Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey has opened to traffic.


The hybrid cable-stayed bridge is part of the $5bn Northern Marmara Highway project that will link the cities of Odayeri and Paşaköy.

The $3bn bridge — built in less than three years by IC Ictas and Astaldi consortium — holds the following records:

•    The only suspension bridge in the world with a deck that includes eight lanes for motorway and two railway lines at the same level;
•    The widest suspension bridge in the world at 59m;
•    The tallest A-shaped towers in the world at 322m — taller than the Eiffel tower;
•    The longest suspension bridge in the world with a deck that features a railway line.

Paolo Astaldi, chairman of Astaldi Group, said: “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.

“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.”

Construction work on the remaining sections of the motorway is underway.

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