Istanbul is a bridge between Europe and Asia, millions of people, thousands of cars passing everyday from European Side to Anatolian Side and vice versa by sea ways, rail ways and two bridges. First bridge which is called Bogazici Koprusu was completed in 1972 and the second one which is Fatih Sultan Mehmet Koprusu was completed in 1988. Nowadays The 3rd Bridge and North Marmara Highway Project started in 2013. This bridge will be called as Yavuz Sultan Selim Koprusu.
Before project started it was protested from too many sides. First of all people are against Istanbul forests will be destroyed by bridge and highway construction. According to today’s plans forests will remain and there will be only highway that will penetrate through trees but It is believed that near this highway it will be allowed to settle and many constructions will appear and destroy the rest of the forest. Secondly people were against to bridge’s name who is one of the Sultan of Ottoman Empire.
Beside these protests third bridge construction started and still continues. Main aim to transfer vehicles that are having transit pass through Istanbul, and relieve traffic that they cause. It is planned shift trucks and buses traffic from inside of the city to outside of it. It is planned to build railroad on the bridge and provide second railway connection between Europe and Asia after Marmaray project.
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is scheduled to finish by 2015 and it’s tight calendar bridge towers rise rapidly. I am planing to share monthly photos from Garipce Village and Poyrazkoy Village in Istanbul where it is possible to monitor construction as whole picture. I hope you will enjoy it. (Istanbul Photographer – Emrah Ayvali)