CEO's Message

Dear visitor,

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project is currently committed to Stakeholder Consultation Process, a very important phase of the Project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). Having commenced on 8 January 2018, we are fully mobilized in the field to engage our stakeholders with an extensive activity schedule. At this point, we wish to share with our neighbors in Çanakkale and Tekirdağ provinces the developments of this period, whereby we have initiated constructive dialogue, which in turn has bolstered our vision into the future.

Through a broad range of invitation activities, we have reached out to all the residents who live along the 88-km Project route, urging everyone living in the nearby counties of Tekirdağ and Çanakkale provinces and beyond to voice their views.

We have employed a wide spectrum of communication tools to ensure that our appeal reached its audience. Our activities at the outset included multiple announcements at widely-read national and local newspapers followed by distribution along the route of informational ESIA brochures to the home addresses and placement of ESIA posters at publicly significant points.

We continue to take the valuable views of all individuals and organizations who feel impacted by the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway Project through various channels from this very website you are now visiting to a dedicated Project Hotline, from ESIA Reading Points we have set up at both the European and Asian sides to Public Exhibitions again at both sides of the Dardanelles.

On this occasion, we would like to thank everyone for their ardent interest in each of the Public Exhibitions. Comments that began to arrive from visitors, shedding light onto our efforts to finalise the planning of the Project. Please do keep expressing your views.

Although the majority of the comments we have received thus far support and praise the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway, those critical comments that help contribute to the harmony of the Project with the environment and people in the region are more important for us. And, as a responsible corporate citizen, we focus our ESIA work on such comments.

We are diligently recording all your views, comments and criticisms, examining their content and working on specific responses including suitable actions and mitigation measures that pertain to the issues stated therein. We trust that the replies to the comments to be published on this web site in the days ahead should satisfy the public opinion as well individuals who have had particular enquiries.

If you think that you are positively or negatively impacted by the Project, please examine the ESIA documents and then submit your views via any communication channel you prefer.

Please remember that you, as an indivial citizen, are also a part of the Stakeholder Consultation Process. Our dedication to maximizing the beneficial effects of the Project and to minimizing its negative impacts shall continue without remit. The final version of the ESIA Report shall be shaped with your contribution.

Our commitment is to constantly keep the mutual channels of communication between you and the Project and to do our best to realize the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge and Motorway with the most constructive approach as possible. Thank you for sharing our sensitivity for the environment and the society.


Mustafa Tanrıverdi
CEO and General Manager
Çanakkale Otoyolu 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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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 part of the ESIA process, a draft report was published and an intensive communication effort is initiated for a one month Public Disclosure Period between 8 January and 7 February 2018 to engage all Project stakeholders into the process. Following this, the ESIA Report, including an Environmental and Social Management Plan for the Project, has been completed and is available below.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Non-Techical Summary

Environmental and Social Management Plan

Stakeholder Engagement Plan

Guide to Land Acquisition and Compensation

ESIA Disclosure Stakeholder
Engagement Program Brochure

Meeting Venues & Hours Shuttle Departure Hours

Grievance Form


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Tel: +90 212 270 4766

Fax: +90 212 278 2309


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.