Groundbreaking ceremony held for Gallipoli suspension bridge

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım (3rd R) and his wife Semiha Yıldırım (3rd L), Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş (L) and Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan (2nd R) stand in silence during groundbreaking ceremony of Canakkale 1915 Bridge and Malkara-Çanakkale highway in Çanakkale, Turkey on March 18, 2017.

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new bridge on the Gallipoli strait was held Saturday on the 102nd anniversary of the victory of the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915.

The suspension bridge, named Gallipoli 1915, is expected to be completed by the centennial of the Republic of Turkey in 2023.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş and their wives in Çanakkale province.

The bridge is expected to be the world’s longest suspension bridge when completed.

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