Sunday, March 19, 2017

Turkey starts building world's longest suspension bridge



Pomp and ceremony marked the start of the construction on the world's longest suspension bridge, the 3.7-km (2.3-mile) bridge named "Canakkale 1915", on March 18.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim oversaw the beach-front groundbreaking ceremony, which coincided with the anniversary of one of the Ottoman Empire's final victories. Yildirim in October last year estimated the construction cost at around 10 billion liras ($2.62 billion). The construction is expected to take around five years to complete.Turkey has forged ahead with ambitious infrastructure projects under President Tayyip Erdogan, including one of the world's largest suspension bridges across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul which opened in August. Other planned megaprojects include the world's biggest airport in Istanbul and a huge canal that would render a large chunk of the city an island.

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