Turkey's Bosphorus Bridge -- connecting Asia and Europe -- is nearing completion and will be opened on October 30th, the day after Turkey celebrates the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic.
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Background: Turkey's Bosphorus Bridge -- connecting Asia and Europe -- is nearing completion and will be opened on October 30th, the day after Turkey celebrates the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic.
President Fahri Koruturk will cut the ribbon and drive into Europe accompanied by representatives of more than 100 states. Pedestrians will then be allowed to cross the bridge, and vehicular traffic will start to flow across it the next day.
The bridge measures 1,560 metres, (1,706 yards), and according to its designers, Freeman Fox and partners of London, it's the first link between Asia and Europe south of the Black Sea in nearly 2,500 years. The twin towered suspension bridge is situated between Ortekoy in the West and Beylerbeyi in the East, linking the Asian and European sections of Istanbul. The main span between its towers is 1,074 metres (1,173 yards), the fourth longest in the world.
The Turkish General Directorate of Highways estimates some 22,000 vehicles, carrying 100,000 people, will cross the bridge daily; a total of about 8 million vehicles in the first year.
The 24-hour car and passenger ferries, the only means of crossing the Bosphorus until now, will be kept in operation until officials determine how much of the traffic the bridge absorbs. At present there are huge delays with queues running for miles. Lorry drivers have to wait anything from ten hours to two days to make the crossing.
The bridge was built by an Anglo-German consortium and cost about $36 million U.S. (14.2 million sterling). The peripheral highways cost about $120 million U.S. (48 million sterling). The Turkish government hopes to recover the cost from tolls, which range from a few pence (cents) for pedestrians, up to more than GBP4 sterling ($10 U.S.) for heavy lorries and tankers.