Turkish minister visits world's longest suspension bridge

The bridge, which is 3,910 meters long, has a total steel weight of 209,000 tons

Turkish minister visits world's longest suspension bridge

Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim visited world's longest suspension bridge Akashi-Kaikyo in Kobe, Japan on Friday.

The bridge, which is 3,910 meters long, has a total steel weight of 209,000 tons. The bridge is recorded in Guinness Book of Records. Its construction was completed in March, 1998.

The Bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft). The bridge links the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait. It carries part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway.

The Akashi bridge has three spans. The central span is 1,991 m (6,532 ft), and the two other sections are each 960 m (3,150 ft). The bridge is 3,911 m (12,831 ft) long overall. The central span was originally only 1,990 m (6,529 ft), but the Kobe earthquake on January 17, 1995, moved the two towers sufficiently (only the towers had been erected at the time) so that it had to be increased by 1 m (3.3 ft).

Yildirim and accompanying delegation also visited the facilities of Mitsubishi company in Kamakura where they were briefed about satellite production technology.

Importance of Japan's Quake experience

Turkey's transportation minister highlighted on Saturday Japan's quake experience for Turkey.

Binali Yildirim said Japan had completed the construction of Akashi bridge in ten years, and Kobe was hit by a massive earthquake during the construction.

"This region is on a quake-belt and fault line like Istanbul, which makes the project more important," Yildirim told AA correspondent on the last day of his visit to Japan.
Yildirim said he received information about spans of Akashi bridge for construction of particularly Istanbul-Izmir motorway and the Izmit bridge to be built as a part of this project.

The Izmit bridge would be the second longest suspension bridge in the world following Akashi, Yildirim said.

"Therefore, we are closely interested in Akashi bridge, and Japanese firms are interested in Izmit bridge," Yildirim said.

Yildirim said there would be a tender for the build-operate-transfer project, and Turkey would sign a contract with the company that made the best offer.

The Turkish minister also said he met three Japanese ministers in Tokyo, and signed a memorandum of understanding, and discussed possible cooperation opportunities in satellite systems.

Yildirim is expected to depart from Japan later on Saturday.

Nurol-Ozaltin-Astalsi-Yuksel-Gocay consortium won the last tender for construction and operation of Istanbul-Izmir motorway, including a Izmit Gulf suspension bridge and by-ways, for 22 years and four months.

The Bursa-Balikesir-Izmir will be 420 kilometers long, and there will be a 3,000-meter-long suspension bridge on the Izmit Gulf.

Within the framework of the project, 30 viaducts, 4 tunnels, 209 bridges, 18 booths, 5 highway maintenance-operation centres as well as 7 service and park areas will be constructed.

It will take only two-and-a-half or three hours to travel between Bursa and Izmir after the motorway is inaugurated.

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