CEO's Message

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Malkara-Çanakkale Motorway Project recently completed its Stakeholder Consultation Process, which is a very important phase of the Project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). Following an extensive one-month schedule of activities, we wish to share with you the developments that emerged from this fruitful period, during which we initiated constructive dialogue that in turn strengthened our vision for the future.

We commenced our range of community activities on January 8, 2018, inviting all the residents along the Project route and urging everyone living in Çanakkale, Tekirdağ and beyond to voice their views. We employed a wide variety of proven communication tools to ensure that our message reached its audience. At the outset, our strategy included publishing multiple announcements in widely circulated newspapers and then distributing informational ESIA brochures and hanging ESIA posters in the settlements along the route.

We collected the perspectives of all individuals and organizations who felt affected by the Project through various channels, from the very website you are now visiting to a dedicated Project Hotline. We also gathered feedback at the ESIA Reading Points we set up at 30 settlements and at Public Exhibitions displayed at 7 different locations along the route.

At this point in the process, we would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and interest in each phase of the Public Exhibitions initiative. The many comments submitted by visitors helped shape our efforts to further develop the Project.

While the majority of the comments we have received support and praise the Project, we also seriously considered every critical comments in order to improve overall harmony between the Project, environment and community. Additionally, as a responsible corporate citizen, we have re-focused our ESIA work to address such comments.

We have been diligently recording all your views, comments and criticisms as well, evaluating their content and working on specific responses, which will include taking relevant actions and measures to mitigate the issues raised. We trust that our replies to public comments, to be published on this website in the days ahead, will satisfy our constituents as well all other individuals who have inquiries.

Although the one-month Stakeholder Consultation Process officially ended on February 7, 2018, our dedication to maximizing the Project’s benefits and minimizing any negative impacts continues indefinitely. If you believe that you are positively or negatively affected by the Project, please examine the ESIA documents first and then contact the Project Team via the currently available communication channels.

As ÇOK A.Ş., we are committed to keeping all communication channels between you and us continually open and to doing all we can to complete the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project in the manner most advantageous to all involved. Thank you for sharing our concern for our environment and society.



Mustafa Tanrıverdi
Çanakkale Otoyol ve Köprüsü İnşaat Yatırım İşletme A.Ş.


"1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Malkara-Çanakkale Motorway is a reliable, modern transportation infrastructure that adds economic and social value to Turkey thanks to its advanced access, high freight and passenger capacity, reduced travel times and increased road safety and through integration to the national motorway network."

When the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project becomes operational,

Turkey’s “Vision 2023” will attain one of its principal objectives.

The Project will play an important role in its target toward improvement of motorways across the country as dictated in Vision 2023 Master Plan, the statement of Turkey’s push for national development.

Motorway integration of Western Turkey will be completed.

The Project constitutes the pivotal central segment of the 324-km Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Savaștepe Motorway Project, thus tying the links of the motorway chain encircling the Marmara Sea when it connects to the Gebze-İzmir Motorway.

A new alternative to the Bosphorus passage.

The heavy transit traffic load born by İstanbul between Europe and Anatolia will be eased. The traffic load currently concentrated in Western Anatolia across the İstanbul-centered West-East axis will be balanced toward a Southerly route along the Western shores of the Marmara Sea.

Manufacturing, commerce and service industries in Thrace and Western Anatolia will gain momentum.

Faster and cost-effective freight transport will not only strengthen the economic activity of this region inhabited by an industrious population but also their social bonds.

Domestic and internationl tourism will be energized.

Commercial relations as well as cultural interaction with the European countries, the Balkans and especially Greece and Bulgaria will be impacted positively. Connection of the Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Balıkesir Motorway to the Gebze-İzmir Motorway near the city of Balıkesir will shorten the distance from tourism centers such as İzmir, Aydın and Antalya to the European countries, thus leading to progess in the tourism industry.

Delivery periods and costs will be reduced in transportation, hence generating efficiencies in foreign trade.

As soon as the Project is launched, vehicle management costs and travel times will be improved. The lifting of obstacles to transport will result with gains in time costs in import and export sectors.

The Project will provide continuous employment in both the construction and the management phases.

By employing thousands of individuals throughout the construction and management periods and by stimulating various industries, the Project will contribute significantly to the Turkish economy.

Çanakkale will embrace a monumental project befitting its glorious history and its standing in the 21st century.

Çanakkale will be crowned with a visually appealing and modern suspension bridge matching the city’s prominence and dynamics.

The Route of 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Malkara – Çanakkale Motorway

The Kınalı-Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Savaştepe Motorway Project, as can be seen on the map, will start near Kınalı location in Silivri county of İstanbul province, continue along a course near the western shores of Marmara Sea and into the Gallipoli Peninsula, traverse the Dardanelles between Sütlüce and Şekerkaya points to reach Lapseki county of Çanakkale, then onward to Savaştepe near the city of Balıkesir across 324 kilometers.

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Malkara-Çanakkale Motorway Project is the 88-km middle segment project of the motorway planned between Kınalı and Savaştepe, and it will link motorways arriving from Thrace and Anatolia at the Dardanelles via the world's longest suspension bridge..

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Environment and Sustainability

What is ESIA and Why is it Important?

As the pace of advancement across the world accelerated, the 21st century dawned as a new era where perceptions and practices are drastically changed from the recent past when environmental and social impacts, risks and sensitivities were not sufficiently considered. Today, it is out of question that any project at any scale, and especially large scale infrastructure investments, commence or continue without taking all social, environmental and global aspects into account. This is a day that all responsible companies across all industries act with the recognition that they ought to operate in harmony with neighbors within their community as well as with the awareness that they are part of a global business context. The partners in Çanakkale Otoyol ve Köprüsü İnşaat Yatırım ve İşletme Anonim Şirketi continue all their enterprises everywhere around the world as accountable corporate citizens who are sensitive to the environmental and social issues dictated by their visions and business principles. The corporate identity of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project is based on this contemporary conception.

Completion of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) has been an important phase of the the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project. As part of the ESIA, comprehensive studies have been undertaken where all the aspects which may be impacted by the Project have been examined and assessed. ERM GmbH (Environmental Resources Management), one of world's leading environmental and social impact consultants and ACE Consultancy and ENCON firms, their Turkish associates were assigned specifically for this purpose. ESIA has been undertaken in accordance the Equator Principles, a set of conventions agreed by various major international financial institutions and based on the IFC (International Finance Corporation) Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability. These standards embrace strict criteria for assessment and management of social and environmental impacts and risks. The measures, practices and design improvement process to mitigate the impacts as much as possible continues relentlessly.

As 1915Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project, we aim to share our environmental and social management approach, environmental and social performance and future targets annually, in a comprehensive, accurate, understandable and transparent manner. In this sense, we will disclose our Annual Environmental and Social Performance Report and provide information on a regular basis.


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Büyükdere Caddesi
Levent, 34330 İstanbul

Tel: +90 212 270 4766

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The General Directorate of Motorways has awarded the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project within the framework of a Public Private Partnership model to a Turkish-Korean consorsium, which in turn established a joint-venture company (Commissioned Company) specific to the Project.

Çanakkale Otoyol Köprüsü İnşaat Yatırım İşletme A.Ş. (Çanakkale Motorway Bridge Construction Investment Management Inc.) is the Commissioned Company of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project.

The partners of the Commissioned Company are Limak ( and Yapı Merkezi ( of Turkey, and Daelim ( and SK E&C ( of Korea.

Globally distinguished in large-scale infrastructure and transportation projects, each partner of the Commissioned Company is contributing to the Project by allocating their particular technical expertise acquired in diverse projects across the world to 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway’s design, finance, construction and management.

For more detailed information about the consorsium partners, please click their respective company logos below.