1915 Bridge, Turkey's Canakkale and Gallipoli Lapseki of the province is the suspension bridge being built between the districts. It will be the first suspension bridge of the Çanakkale Strait and the fifth in the Marmara Region. When completed, it will be part of the Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Balıkesir Motorway, which is partly under construction. It will be the longest suspension bridge in the world with its 2.023 meters of middle span length.
The idea of building a bridge across the Dardanelles was first put forward between 1984-1989. A tender was made in 1994 for the bridge project, which was brought to the agenda again in 1995. The tender, in which 18 foreign companies participated, kazanAt the moment, the company withdrew from the project, stating that the project was not feasible.
On March 3, 2016, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Binali Yıldırım announced that the name of the bridge would be Çanakkale 1915 Bridge. On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Daelim (South Korea) – Limak – SK (South Korea) – Yapı Merkezi OGG, bidding the tender for 1915 Çanakkale Bridge with the shortest operating time kazanwas. With the completion of the tender process, it was announced that the groundbreaking would be laid on March 18, 2017. The foundation of the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge was laid on March 18, 2017 in Lapseki with a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan and South Korean Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Ho-In Kang. On May 16, 2020, the towers of the bridge were completed.
The middle span of the bridge, where rubber wheeled vehicles can pass, will be 2.023 m, and the total length will be 3.563 m. With this medium span length, the bridge will cross the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan by 32 meters, making it the longest suspension bridge in the world. Its middle span has been determined as 100 meters in reference to the 2.023th anniversary of the republic. The tower height of the bridge, which has two steel towers, is 318 meters. The tower height was chosen to mean the eighteenth day of the third month in reference to the victory of the Çanakkale War on March 18, 1915.
The bridge, which will be part of the Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Balıkesir Motorway, will provide a connection between O-3 and O-7 in Silivri and O-5 in Balıkesir.
Latest Status on the Bridge
Currently, the construction of a total of 680 pieces of decks, each approximately 30 meters long, 17 meters wide and 4,5 meters high, continues on the 42 meters long approach viaduct on the Lapseki side. Each new deck will be delivered to the place where the viaduct meets the sea by pushing and sliding the other deck pieces in front of it. At the approach viaduct on the Lapseki side, the decks will reach the bridge support pillar in the sea by November. On the Gallipoli side, the same work is planned to begin in December.
On the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, main cable laying works will begin at the end of summer. The construction of the 'Cat Road', which will be used as a working platform during the main cable pulling, which is one of the most important stages of the bridge project, will begin in late September. For the construction of the 'Cat Road', a guide rope will be pulled between the anchor blocks on the Asian and European sides for the first time next week. During the connection of the guide rope to the bridge towers in the sea, the Dardanelles Strait will be closed to transit ship crossings.