Korean consortium on track to win Canakkale Bridge contract

Turkey looks set to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Canakkale War – better known to the rest of the world  as the Gallipoli campaign when the Allies of the First World War launched a costly and unsuccessful assault on the Dardanelles – with a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the $2.6bn suspension bridge over the Dardanelles Strait, after a Turkish-Korean consortium was announced winners of the project tender over the weekend. The consortium’s members are Daelim and SK from South Korea and the Turkish companies Limak and Yapi Merkezi, who  fought off  bids from three other international consortia.

Work on the 2,000m  bridge between Lapseki and Gelibolu is due to start on March 18 to and to be completed by 2023 when Turkey marks its Republic’s centennial. The bridge will ultimately be linked up to the Istanbul-Izmir Highway to form part of an overland trade route between Europe and Asia, as well as helping to ease traffic congestion around Istanbul.