Binali Yıldırım, the minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, has announced that the 3rd Bridge across the Bosphorus will go into service in May. It had been expected to be opened on 29 October.
Istanbul heavy traffic to be transferred
Yıldırım, who stated that the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge will be the bridge with the greatest span in the world, said that there would be a highway with 4 lanes both directions as well as 2 railway lines. Yıldırım stated that the bridge was near completion, saying that the decking had been completed to around 95 percent, the installation of the main cables had surpassed 97 percent and that the overall building work had reached 88 percent.
Yıldırım stated that this also included the 115 kilometer connection roads around the bridge. He added, “In this state, it is expected that our bridge will go into service in the first half of 2016 – probably in April or May. When this bridge and its connecting roads go into service, all of the heavy vehicle traffic in Istanbul will be transferred to the bridge in the north. The first one will be set aside mostly for smaller vehicles, and in a sense the traffic congestion will ease a little.”