1. Where does the motorway start and end? How long is it?

1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project comprises the 88 km-long motorway, including the 1915Çanakkale Bridge (5 km approximately), and 13 km-long access roads stretching between Malkara district of Tekirdağ and Lapseki district of Çanakkale.

2. At which junctions will there be access to the motorway?

The entrances to and exits from the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will be made at six junctions. These junctions are located close to the districts and villages of Malkara, Kavakköy, Güneyli and Gallipoli on the European side and Lapseki and Umurbey on the Asian side.

3. Which points will the bridge connect?

The 1915Çanakkale Bridge will connect the village of Sütlüce, 10 km south of the town of Gallipoli on the European side, and Lapseki on the Asian side.

4. How long is the bridge?

The 1915Çanakkale Bridge is designed and being constructed as 4,608 meters long in total; including 2,023 meters of mid-span, 770 meters of side spans and 365 and 680 meters of approach viaducts.

5. What are the prominent technical details of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge?

When completed, the 1915Çanakkale Bridge will be the longest mid-span suspension bridge in the world with its mid-span of 2,023 meters and it will also have the reputation of being the world's highest tower suspension bridge with a height of 334 meters. In addition, 45.06 meters-wide twin box girder deck system will be applied on the bridge.

6. What symbols does the 1915Çanakkale Bridge contain?

The 2,023 meters-long mid-span between the tower legs of the bridge symbolizes the 100th year of the foundation of the Turkish Republic, while the tower height of 318 meters above sea level symbolizes the 18th of March 1915 Çanakkale Victory, one of the most important dates in the history of Turkey's struggle for independence.

7. How many minutes will it take to cross the bridge?

When we evaluate the crossing times of the Çanakkale Strait according to the transportation alternatives; crossing the sector of the strait between Lapseki and Gallipoli connecting Asia and Europe by ferry takes between 1.5 and 5 hours, especially during the summer months when the queues and waiting times are longer due to heavy traffic. It will take only 6 minutes to cover the same distance with 1915Çanakkale Bridge.

8. How and according to which criteria was the location of the bridge determined? Why wasn't the bridge built to a narrower point of the strait?

The route of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project was determined in accordance with the feasibility studies of General Directorate of Highways considering many criteria from different disciplines. The fact that the narrower parts of the Çanakkale Strait are located to the south of the Gallipoli Peninsula and these areas are of great importance both naturally and historically, have been one of the most important factors in this process.

9. What kind of a solution will the Project provide to the traffic problem?

When the project is completed, the long ferry queues caused by heavy traffic (average crossing time between 1.5 hours and 5 hours) especially during summer months and holidays, will not occur. Furthermore, with the development of an alternative route, the heavy transit traffic load undertaken by Istanbul between Europe and Anatolia will be eased and the traffic load of Istanbul will be reduced.

10. When was the foundation of the Project laid?

The ground-breaking ceremony of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project was held in Çanakkale on 18 March 2017 with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

11. What will the investment cost of the Project be?

The investment cost of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project, including financing costs, is over 3 billion EUR.

12. When will the Project be completed?

According to the Contract, the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project has been stipulated to be completed by 16 September 2023, but it is expected to be completed by 18 March 2022.

13. Who will operate the Motorway and the Bridge?

Since the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project was tendered under the Build-Operate-Transfer model, the construction and operation of the Project will be carried out within the limits of the period that Çanakkale Highway and Bridge Construction Investment and Management Inc. (ÇOK A.Ş.) had bid in tender. At the end of this period, the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will be transferred to the General Directorate of Highways.

14. When will the operation phase of the Project start and how long will it last?

The 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will be opened on 18 March 2022. The total duration of the Project, including construction, is 16 years, 2 months and 12 days. At the end of this period, the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will be transferred to the General Directorate of Highways.

15. What is Public-Private Sector Partnership?

Public-Private Sector Partnership is an institutional and contractual cooperation between the public and the private sector for the provision of goods or services to the public. In Turkey, there are four basic models of Public-Private Sector Partnership (PPP): Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), Build-Operate (BO), Build-Lease-Transfer (BLT) and Transfer of Operating Rights (TOR). 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway is a project tendered with BOT model.

16. What is the Build-Operate-Transfer Model?

The Build-Operate-Transfer model is based on the financing of a public infrastructure investment or service by a private company and the repayment of this service value with operation income within a period determined by the public at the end of the project. The main objective in this structure is to provide public services more effectively and in a better way, to ensure that the state concentrates on its fundamental duties and thus to improve social welfare.  Thanks to this model, both new financing sources and efficiency in the production of services are provided.

17. What benefits and advantages will the bridge and motorway provide to the user in practice?

With the opening of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway, users will be provided with a safer and more comfortable journey, and the shorter driving distances will increase fuel and time savings.

18. Which vehicle types can use the motorway?

Pedestrians, animals, non-motorized vehicles, wheeled tractors, construction machines and bicyclists will be prohibited from using the motorway; while other motor vehicles may use it.

19.Can I cross the bridge on foot or by bike?

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and the motorway section connected to it will be opened to traffic as Access Controlled Highway where pedestrians, animals and non-motorized vehicles cannot enter, but permitted motor vehicles are used and traffic is subject to special control.

20. Will I be able to pay in cash for bridge crossings?

The tolls for the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway will be collected with OGS or HGS accounts of the vehicles or by credit card, debit card or cash payment options.

21. Does the Project damage the environment?

Within the scope of the Project, an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study that meets international standards was carried out. All possible risks of the Project have been identified and necessary measures have been taken on these issues. The reports prepared can be found in the Sustainability section of our website.

22. Does the bridge construction have an impact on marine life? Has anything been done to protect the living organisms?

Through environmental studies carried out within the scope of the Project, any activities that may harm marine life, precautions to be taken in this regard have been identified.

For example, when it was discovered that the piling works on the bridge tower foundations could affect some dolphin species which migrate via the Çanakkale Strait, experts were assigned to the area, special protocols were applied, and construction works were stopped when necessary.

Also, when it was determined that the crustacean species, Pinna Nobilis, which is a protected species in the Mediterranean, could be affected by the marine structures of the bridge, a study was carried out jointly with Çanakkale 18 Mart University, and over 1,000 creatures were carried to safe areas.

23. Will the Project have a negative effect on Saros Bay?

Environmental studies conducted within the scope of the Project indicate that it has no negative impact on the Saros Bay. Detailed information on this subject can be found in the reports in the Sustainability section of our website.

24. Does the Project jeopardize maritime traffic?

A detailed Navigational Environmental and Social Risk Assessment study covering the construction and operation periods of the Project was carried out and the measures were identified and implemented.

Within this framework, the working areas are marked with buoys with radar transmitters. In addition, radar transmitters are installed on all motorized or non-motorized marine vehicles used in the project. Fishermen and ferry operators in the region are regularly informed about construction works. The project does not endanger marine traffic.

25. How high is the bridge deck above sea level? What is the maximum ship height that can pass under the bridge?

The deck height of the 1915Çanakkale Bridge at the lowest point is approximately 83 meters. As a result of the studies carried out in accordance with international standards, the new commercial ship navigation line and height were determined and put into force with the Turkish Straits Maritime Traffic Order Regulation dated 14 August 2019. According to this regulation, the new navigation width is 70 meters high and 1,600 meters wide in the area where the bridge is located.

26. How will the bridge affect the commercial vessel traffic through the Çanakkale Strait after its completion?

The 1915Çanakkale Bridge has been designed in such a way that it does not affect the passage of commercial ships in the Çanakkale Strait and does not increase the risks in the region.

As a result of the studies carried out in accordance with international standards, the new commercial ship navigation line and height were determined and put into force with the Turkish Straits Maritime Traffic Order Regulation dated 14 August 2019. According to this regulation, the new navigation width is 70 meters high and 1,600 meters wide in the area where the bridge is located.

27. I want to work on your Project. How do I apply?

You can send an e-mail to info@1915canakkale.com for your job application requests.

28. I want to bid for the Project, where can I apply?

You can send an e-mail to info@1915canakkale.com for your similar requests. Your request will be transferred to the respective department.

29. I have land in that area. Does land acquisition affect me?

The land acquisition process within the scope of the Project is carried out by the General Directorate of Highways (Regional Directorate of Public-Private Sector Partnership) in accordance with the Land Acquisition Law. For information specific to your land, you should personally apply to the Regional Directorate of Public-Private Sector Partnership in Bursa and the land acquisition offices in Gallipoli and Lapseki districts as landowners. You can find the addresses of these offices below.

Karayolları Kamu Özel Sektör Ortaklığı Bölge Müdürlüğü  Armutköy Mah. No : 22 Osmangazi/BURSA
Gallipoli: Yazıcızade Mah. Damla Sitesi C Blok D: 13 Gelibolu/Çanakkale
Lapseki: Gazisüleymanpaşa Mah. Onur Cad. No: 15 Lapseki/Çanakkale

30. How are the land acquisition costs determined?

Land acquisition values of the Project are determined by taking into consideration many different criteria (land type, zoning status, cultivated product, outbuildings, etc.) in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. You can find detailed information on the land acquisition process from the Guide to Land Acquisition and Compensation (GLAC) Document in the Sustainability section of our website.