On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the world’s longest suspension bridge, spanning the Dardanelles strait in northeastern Turkey.
The bridge has cut half the time it takes to travel between Asia and Europe. It is built by Turkish and South Korean businesses with an investment of 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion).
The “1915 Canakkale Bridge” has a primary span of 2.023 kilometers between its towers painted in the Turkish flag’s red and white colors, surpassing Japan’s Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
During Erdogan’s two-decade stint as prime minister and subsequently president, Erdogan has frequently touted huge infrastructure projects, including a third bridge over the Bosphorus.
As he prepares to run for re-election in presidential elections in 2023, Turkey’s leader exploits them to boost economic growth.
The inauguration takes place on the 107th anniversary of the Ottoman forces’ naval victory over British and French troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. The bridge will “keep alive the memory of Dardanelle martyrs.” Erdogan said.
Erdogan also plans to build a canal in Istanbul to replace the Bosphorus.