Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge, which was put into service on October 30, 1973, is getting ready for the largest maintenance and repair in its history.
The 256 hanging rope will be replaced by connecting the bridge floor with steel ropes between two towers. 30 million-dollar cost-planned maintenance-repair work is planned to start in 2015 at the latest, during this period the bridge will be closed to traffic in the year 1.
While the ministry has to be taken into maintenance for the next year under normal conditions, it aims to put the third bridge into service before the maintenance can be postponed for a maximum of two years. The Ministry of Transport officials stated that the US consultancy company Parsons International will report on it at the end of 2012, “The General Directorate of Highways is expected to commission the 3rd bridge by 2015. The maintenance and repair work on the Bosphorus Bridge will begin after the 3rd bridge is put into service. Traffic will not be negatively affected. ” he spoke. The Ministry of Transport decided to build the bridge with equity, since no proposals were received for the 3-kilometer North Marmara Highway Project, including the 414rd bridge.
During the heavy maintenance of the Bosphorus Bridge, the only alternative for 550-600 thousand vehicles crossing between both sides of Istanbul per day will be the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The first goal of the Ministry of Transport, which puts all alternatives on its agenda for the solution of the traffic problem to be experienced during the maintenance, will be to put the third bridge into service before the maintenance. For this, the 414-kilometer Northern Marmara Highway Project will be divided into stages. The construction of the third bridge and 70-100 kilometers of connection roads will be carried out with equity. It is expected that the bridge will cost 1 billion dollars and the connection roads will cost 1,5 billion dollars. The Ministry of Transport management, which started negotiations with the Ministry of Finance for the source, plans to solve the source problem, to make the tender for the bridge and to strike the first excavation this year. After the tender for the bridge, the construction will be completed in approximately 30 months. On the other hand, Parsons International awarded the consultancy service tender for the maintenance works to be carried out on the Bosphorus Bridge by the General Directorate of Highways, with a price of 2,8 million TL. kazanwas.