Istanbul 2020 Fulfills Commitment In Application File
Istanbul 2020 fulfilled its commitment in its Application File to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a consortium to build a third bridge over the Bosphorus was selected this week.
The European and Asian sides of the city are already linked by the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, but the third bridge was put forward as a way to redirect everyday traffic and improve the flow of Games' related traffic around the centre of the city.
The Minister of Transport for Turkey, Binali Yildirim, announced that the Turkish/Italian Ictas-Asdaldi consortium were the winners of a tender to build the proposed 1,275-metre-long suspension bridge, which is planned to open by 2015.
Hasan Arat, Head of Istanbul 2020 said, "this story proves that Istanbul continues to invest significantly in transport infrastructure. Each new project adds to the city's capacity to host the 2020 Games and this announcement represents the latest milestone on our bid journey.
"In addition to Government funding, businesses in Turkey have provided a large proportion of the $2.5bn. needed for the project, which highlights Turkey's economic strength throughout both the private and public sectors.
"A third bridge will greatly enhance the Games time comfort and ease of travel for all Olympic and Paralympic client groups".Write or read comments about this article
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