Bridge project was imagined

Bridge project was imagined
Karakaya Dam on Lake connects Malatya and Elazığ with 2 thousand 50 meters with Turkey's longest bridge over the Euphrates done Railway Bridge and the government did not consent to the planned highway bridge.

The bridge, which was tendered in 1981 and opened to train transportation by the then Prime Minister Turgut Özal in 1986, was examined by METU and US experts and whether the project was approved technically. Malatya governor, who received the approval that the bridge could be opened to vehicle traffic through the coating, was Assoc. Ulvi Saran stated the details of the project as follows:

”The project of the bridge has been completed. According to the engineering calculations, the feet of the bridge are solid. Although the steel structure on it has strength, we have reinforced its borders considering that heavy tonnage trucks can also pass. We will strengthen the steel construction of the bridge with the addition of new iron and steel. Two-way transportation will be provided with a ramp on the bridge with a ramp by Malatya and Elazig. The study-project studies for making Karakaya-Fırat Railway Bridge also suitable for highway crossing have been completed and the stage of taking the project into the Investment Program has been reached. ”

On the other hand, while the transportation between Battalgazi district of Malatya and Baskil district of Elazig is provided by ferry over Karakaya Dam Lake, the ferry belonging to Baskil District Governorate, which transported cargo and passengers in Karakaya Dam Lake, in August 2002, led to the death of 13 people. Due to the construction of a bridge over the reservoir was brought up.


The foundation of the bridge, whose construction cost is 22 million TL, is pile, and its feet are reinforced concrete floors. The Fırat Railway Bridge, which is located between the Fırat Train Station in Battalgazi district of Malatya and Kuşsarayi Train Station of the Baskil district of Elazığ, has a width of 4.5 meters, a height of 6 meters and a tonnage of 20 tons.

King built the bridge over the dam is Turkey's longest railway bridge. The 2.030 m long bridge is 60 m high and consists of 30 steel beams, each weighing 366 tons and 65 m long, on 29 reinforced concrete legs. Steel beams were placed between the reinforced concrete feet at ground level and then lifted in place by hydraulic jacks. Construction; A floating steel service bridge with a height of 1.100 tons, 243 m in length, 11.327 tons of reinforced iron and 119.320 m³ of concrete, 70 m of rock anchor piles with a diameter of 420 cm were used. The bridge was opened to transportation on June 16, 1986.

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