The Canakkale Bridge, also known as the Dardanelles Bridge in 1915, is a suspension bridge under construction in the Canakkale province in northwestern Turkey in the outskirts of Istanbul. Located south of the cities of Lapseki and Gelibolu, the bridge crosses the Dardanelles, about 10 km south of the Sea of Marmara.
Construction of the suspension bridge across the Dardanelles began in 2017. Until now, we had to cross this bustling waterway by boat. In 1915, the six-lane Canakkale Bridge was built to connect Turkey’s Aegean region with Europe and provide an alternative to the congested road through Istanbul.
When complete, it will be the longest suspension bridge in the world with a main span of 2,023m which, when completed, will see it take the record from the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Kobe, Japan that was completed in 1998 with a mid-span length of 1,991m.
Construction of two 318m-high towers was completed on the bridge in May last year. The total height of the bridge’s two towers is 318 m (1,043 ft), making it the second tallest structure in Turkey after the Sultan Selim Yavuz Bridge and the third tallest structure in Turkey.
Internationally, the bridge overtook China’s Sutong Bridge to become the 6th tallest bridge in the world. As of 13 November 2021, all block decks have been achieved. As of 13 November 2021, all block decks have been achieved.
This mega-project in Turkey is expected to bring significant economic growth. The regions of Thrace and Western Anatolia, where important service, industrial and tourism companies are located, will be better connected.
Also, the real-estate department will flourish, due to the easier access from one region to another, also shipping from EU countries, especially Bulgaria and Greece, arrives faster in western Anatolia, the Aegean Sea and other Mediterranean regions. The strait will be open soon, not 30 minutes or an hour by ferry. You can walk in 4 minutes.