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Police ordered to avoid new bridges due to high tolls

The Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge is seen on August 26, 2016 in Istanbul during its inauguration. The bridge -- technically a hybrid between a suspension and cable-stayed bridge -- is an architectural marvel spanning the steep banks of the Bosphorus at the entrance to the Black Sea. It is the widest suspension bridge in the world with a width of 58.5 metres (192 feet). Its span of 1,408 metres (4,619 feet) is the longest in the world between the supporting pylons. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Police who serve in İstanbul were advised not to use the Yavuz Sultan Selim and Osmangazi bridges, which were inaugurated in 2016, due to high tolls, the Hürriyet daily reported on Friday.

“Police cars should use alternative roads to the Yavuz Sultan Selim and Osmangazi bridges. Receipts will no longer be reimbursed by this institution,” said a document sent to all police stations on Dec. 6 by Seylan Demir, deputy chief of the İstanbul Police.

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, a third span over the Bosporus that connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, and the Osmangazi Bridge, which crosses the Gulf of İzmit and terminates in the Altınova district of Yalova province, have been part of a debate due to their high tolls.

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