1915 Çanakkale Bridge

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The bridge's logo
The bridge under construction in March 2020.
The bridge in March 2022

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge (Turkish: 1915 Çanakkale Köprüsü), also known as the Dardanelles Bridge (Turkish: Çanakkale Boğaz Köprüsü), is a road suspension bridge in the Province of Çanakkale in northwestern Turkey. It is south of the towns of Lapseki and Gelibolu. The bridge is on the Dardanelles strait. It is about 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the Sea of Marmara.

The bridge is part of a planned 321-kilometre-long (199 mi) US$2.8 billion Kınalı-Balıkesir Motorway. It has a span of 2,023 m (6,637 ft) and is the longest suspension bridge in the world.[1]

The bridge was officially opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 18 March 2022.[2] The bridge is the first fixed crossing over the Dardanelles[3] and the sixth one over the Turkish Straits.[4]

A video from the bridge taken in 2022.

On 16 May 2020, the second tower was completed.[5] The toll bridge opened for traffic on 18 March 2022, at a toll price of 200 lira (€12.20).[6]

The year "1915" in the official Turkish name honors an important Ottoman naval victory against the British and the French during World War I.

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  1. "Groundbreaking ceremony for bridge over Dardanelles to take place on March 18". Hürriyet Daily News. 17 March 2017. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. "Turkey opens record-breaking bridge between Europe and Asia". CNN. Archived from the original on 20 March 2022. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  3. "Turkey inaugurates 1st bridge over Dardanelles Strait-Xinhua". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  4. "Bosphorus Strait | All About Turkey". www.allaboutturkey.com. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  5. "Last steel block placed in Çanakkale 1915 Bridge". hurriyetdailynews.com. 16 May 2020. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. "Turkey builds massive bridge linking Europe and Asia". AP NEWS. 2022-03-18. Archived from the original on 18 March 2022. Retrieved 2022-03-20.