Written by Madhav, a grade 10 student
The Turkish government has made the world’s largest bridge. It is located in northwestern Turkey and is called the Çanakkale Bridge.
Here’s more about it
- The construction of the Çanakkale Bridge was started in March 2017 and its deadline was in 2023.
- However, the project has finished in June 2022.
- The name Çanakkale Bridge 1915 is a symbol of World War I struggles that Turkey faced at the time. At that time Turkey had to fight naval attacks from England and France. This bridge serves as a memory of that triumph.
- It cost $2.8 billion to make
- The bridge connects part of Turkey to Europe and Asia and hence will divert traffic from the bridges connecting Asia and Europe in Istanbul.
- It will also serve as a tourist attraction as many tourists will visit this part of Turkey to cross into Asia or Europe.
- This will also reduce the number of intersections and lead to fewer accidents.
- This is one of the most important trade routes and will open new avenues for trade.
- Two enormous 318-meter towers are found on either side of the strait and start a strong foundation of the bridge.
- It’s a suspension bridge, which means the road is suspended by the two towers and the high towers have been anchored to lead to a stable road for this bridge which is around 2 kilometres long.
- There are two 59,000-tonne piers that are 40 meters below the surface to provide more stability.
- Such a design helps the bridge remain high so that the largest ships in the world can cross through it
This is a big achievement for Turkey as it helps them get to move closer to becoming a more developed nation.
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