The Turkish Directorate of Highways (KGM) has awarded the joint venture of Parsons and with Tekfen Engineerin a contract for engineering consultancy, construction support and construction supervision and inspection services for the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Malkara-Çanakkale Motorway project.
The structure will be the longest suspension bridge in the world. It will have a record-setting 2,023m main span – the exact number chosen to represents both the expected opening date of 2023 and the centennial of the Turkish Republic.
The US$2.8bn Çanakkale Bridge will be built 200km southwest of Istanbul, spanning the Dardanelles Strait. Construction of the project will be carried out by a consortium of Daelim, SK E&C and Turkey’s Yapi Limak. The official groundbreaking took place in March.