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Friday, August 11, 2017

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ("Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror Bridge"), also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge (in TurkishFatih Sultan Mehmet KöprüsüF.S.M. Köprüsü or 2. Köprü), is a bridge in IstanbulTurkey spanning the Bosphorus strait. When completed in 1988, it was the 5th-longest suspension bridge span in the world; today it is the 24th.
The bridge is named after the 15th-century Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, who conquered the Byzantine capital, Constantinople(Istanbul), in 1453. It carries the European route E80Asian Highway 1Asian Highway 5 and Otoyol 2 highways. There are two other bridges that connect Europe and Asia located in Istanbul which are named Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and 15 July Martyrs Bridge (formerly known as Bosphorus Bridge.
The bridge is situated between Hisarüstü (European side) and Kavacık (Asian side). It is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and vertical hangers. The aerodynamic deck hangs on double vertical steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,090 m and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m.

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