Turkey’s new Osman Gazi Bridge Opened for Traffic

The largest section of the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway Project, and the world’s fourth longest suspension bridge with the largest central span, the Osman Gazi Bridge, was opened to traffic on June 30, 2016.

Osman Gazi bridge is the biggest part of the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway Project which will cut the travel time between Istanbul and Izmir from 9 hours to 3.5 hours. Constructed under the “build-operate-transfer model,” the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir Highway will be 433km long and will include 384 kilometers of highway and 49km of access road.

This bridge can carry 40,000 vehicles per day, while halving the travel time needed using previous routes. This is a six lane suspension bridge measuring 3km and spanning the Sea of Marmara. Construction has taken 42 months and the structure has been designed to cope with the risk of earthquakes.

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