IMM renews the Unkapanı Bridge, which has been dangerous for years. The project, which was initiated by turning the full closure process into an opportunity, is planned to be completed on Saturday, May 15, and the new bridge to be completed in 3 months. After the demolition, the construction of the 350-meter-long underpass that will extend the Cibali-Alibeyköy Tramway to Eminönü will also begin.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) is realizing another important project that has been held for years by turning the 17-day full closure process into an opportunity. For the demolition of the Unkapanı Bridge, which completed its economic life and had the risk of collapse in a possible earthquake, first the traffic circulation was provided by creating an island. The branches of the intersection were temporarily removed and the traffic was transformed into a roundabout. 29 trees in the intersection were also moved without any damage.
The demolition work, which started on Thursday, May 13, is planned to be completed on Saturday, May 15. After May 17, 2021, the traffic flow will be provided from the roundabout to be created for 3 months. In this process, new bridge intersections will be manufactured and rainwater and waste water lines will be renewed. These productions will be completed by 31 July 2021 and the intersection will be opened to traffic.
Following the demolition of the existing 5-span bridge within the scope of the "Unkapanı Intersection Bridge Renovation and Tramway Underpass Construction" work, a new bridge with 32,50 meters width and 44 meters in length will be built. At the same time, a 2-meter-long underpass will be built in the Unkapanı area of the Eminönü - Alibeyköy Tram line, which was completed until Cibali.
Thus, while the Unkapanı Junction bridge, whose height is insufficient and completing its technical life, will be renewed, the tram line, whose Alibeyköy - Cibali section has been put into service, will be delivered to Eminönü.
The construction of a 350-meter-long underpass for the tram line will begin on May 18 and the work will be completed on July 31, 2022. In this process, 57 more trees will be transplanted.