Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

A substantial number of giant infrastructure projects across Turkey crystalized in 2016, which make a sizeable contribution to the country's development. In Turkey, a total of several mega projects have been realized in 2016, such as; the third bridge over the Bosporus Strait; a new highway which will connect commercial Istanbul with the Aegean resort of İzmir, including the world's fourth longest suspension bridge over İzmit Bay; the Eurasia Tunnel and others.

18:00 December 26, 2016 Yeni Şafak
Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Osman Gazi Bridge, a colossal suspension bridge, stands as one of the largest projects, which extends across the Gulf of İzmit and commands an unusual sea view along the eastern end of the Marmara Sea.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

It's located close to Izmit and approximately 50 kilometers southeast of Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

It boasts of being the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world by the length of its central span.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

After the completion of the bridge, the journey time around the gulf decreased to 4 minutes, while it previously consumed 2 hours.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Also, the 421-kilometer-long highway will cut the average journey time between Izmir and Istanbul from 10 hours to approximately four hours.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The 2,682-meter-long structure is named after Osman Gazi, the founder and first leader of the Ottoman Empire. Its construction began in 2010 and cost $1.3 billion.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is another giant project, which was opened in the spring of 2016. The bridge is the third, after the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, which started operating in 1972, and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, completed in 1988.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, built above the northern Bosporus, was named after the 16th century Ottoman Sultan Selim I, whose rule marked the expansion of the burgeoning world power in the Middle East.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The bridge is 1.4 kilometers (0.9 mile) long, 59 meters wide and boasts eight road lanes as well as two rail lines.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Eurasia Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project) is connecting the Asian and European sides via a highway tunnel underneath the seabed.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Eurasia Tunnel will serve the Kazlıçeşme-Göztepe route, where vehicle traffic is most intense in Istanbul and will cover a total of 14.6 kilometers. The tunnel was opened on December 20.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Ilgaz July 15 Independence Tunnel has just opened on December 26. The tunnel funnels through Ilgaz Mountain.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The entry and exit points of the tunnel were designed to resemble a shark's mouth.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The project consists of two tunnels; one is 5,370 meters long and the other has a length of 5,391 meters.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

It will cut travel distance along the existing route by 5.4 kilometers. Travel times on the Ilgaz Mountain motorway will be cut from 35 minutes to eight minutes.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The tunnel is project ted to contribute 38.2 million Turkish liras to the country's economy annually, saving drivers 8.3 million liters of fuel and shaving off 345,655 hours from journey times.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Göktürk-1 satellite was launched on December 5 from Guiana with a live ceremonial event held simultaneously in Ankara, which was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

It received the first signals from Norway within an hour after the launch. The project is a result of the combined work of Italian Telespazio and French Thales Alenia Space companies.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Before Göktürk-1; Turkey's second national earth observation satellite, Göktürk-2 was launched into space from a base in China in December following the launchıng of the country's first observation satellite, Rasat, in 2011 from Russia.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The Göktürk-2 satellite was sent to China's Jiuquan Space Station in 2012 after being tested in France.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

It weighs 450 kilograms and has a resolution of 2.5 meters.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

The era of 4.5G mobile technology, which provides faster access to Internet data, began on April 1 in 81 provinces of Turkey.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

By using the 4.5G technology, Turkey will make the transition to 5G, effectively bypassing the 4G step.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Users have the opportunity to reach information much faster than current 3G mobile technology services.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Since April 1, users have been able to access 4.5G technology through Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone GSM operators.

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

Turkey's giant projects of 2016

A substantial number of giant infrastructure projects across Turkey crystalized in 2016, which make a sizeable contribution to the country's development. In Turkey, a total of several mega projects have been realized in 2016, such as; the third bridge over the Bosporus Strait; a new highway which will connect commercial Istanbul with the Aegean resort of İzmir, including the world's fourth longest suspension bridge over İzmit Bay; the Eurasia Tunnel and others. A substantial number of giant infrastructure projects across Turkey crystalized in 2016, which make a sizeable contribution to the country's development. In Turkey, a total of several mega projects have been realized in 2016, such as; the third bridge over the Bosporus Strait; a new highway which will connect commercial Istanbul with the Aegean resort of İzmir, including the world's fourth longest suspension bridge over İzmit Bay; the Eurasia Tunnel and others.
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