While work on the third bridge in Istanbul continues at pace, ropes have been pulled for the connection between the towers and deck of the bridge. Thus, the construction of the bridge has moved to a new stage.
Deck work is continuing on the third bridge which will connect the two sides of Istanbul. Two of the inclined hanging cables which will connect the towers of the bridge to the deck have been put in place. Work on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the third bridge of Istanbul, which had been commenced by the IC İçtaş – Astaldi JV, under the build – operate – transfer model, on 29 May 2013, is continuing at pace. While three decks have been positioned on the bridge so far, the placement of the inclined hanging cables, which will connect the decks to the bridge, has also started.
The first inclined hanging cable was positioned on the bridge in the last few days. There will be a total of 176 inclined hanging cables on the 3rd bridge and these cables will connect the towers of the bridge to the steel decks. The inclined hanging cables, which are produced in South Korea and Malaysia, will possess a carriage capacity of up to 4 thousand 400 tons, and will be carrying the loads which are balanced between the steel decks and concrete decks on either side of the towers. The total length of the high resistance wires to be used in the cables on the bridge will be 121 thousand kilometers – enough to go around the world three times. Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is expected to be opened on 29 October.
The length of the inclined hanging cables ranges between 154 to 597 meters. Depending on the varied number of wires inside the cables, the load carriage capacity will also vary between 900 and 4 thousand 400 tons. There will be a total of 176 inclined hanging cables.