POSTED: May 31st 2012
Istanbul 2020: Plans for iconic 3rd Bosphorus bridge linking Europe and Asia
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 31 – The Minister of Transport for Turkey, Binali Yıldırım, announced that the consortium to build a third bridge over the Bosphorus was selected this week making one more connection between the two continents.
The Turkish / Italian İçtaş-Asdaldi consortium won the tender to build the proposed proposed 1,275-meter-long suspension bridge due to be in service by 2015.
Hasan Arat, head of the Istanbul 2020 bid, said, “This story proves that Istanbul continues to invest significantly in transport infrastructure. Each new project adds to the city’s capacity to host the 2020 Games and this announcement represents the latest milestone on our bid journey.
“In addition to Government funding, businesses in Turkey have provided a large proportion of the $2.5bn needed for the project, which highlights Turkey’s economic strength throughout both the private and public sectors.
“A third bridge will greatly enhance the Games time comfort and ease of travel for all Olympic and Paralympic client groups.”
It is planned to neighbourhood of Garipçe, in the city's Sarıyer district on the European side, with Poyrazköy, in Beykoz on the Asian side, creating a direct link between the Northern Marmara Highway and the Trans-European Motorway.
The waterway is already linked by the renown Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, and was put forward in the bid file to help distribute the traffic flow.
Arat added, “The Istanbul 2020 Application File tabled an ambitious but achievable proposal to the Olympic Movement: to create an iconic setting for the Games, connecting Istanbul’s famous landmarks through a plan that showcases the most spectacular features of the historic city.
“We were so honoured and so proud when Istanbul was voted through to the candidate city stage of the bid process – today’s announcement shows the Olympic Movement that we are serious about delivering on the proposals of the Istanbul 2020 bid.”
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