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First Bosphorus Bridge 1973

Bridging Two Continents

  • Ground breaking ceremony: 20 February 1970
  • Commencement of work: 24 April 1970
  • Construction: April 1970 - August 1973 (42 months)
  • Tower foundations (piers): 1970-71
  • Tower erection: 1971-72
  • Cable spinning: July - October 1972
  • Roadway deck erection: 1972-73
  • Bridge completion: August 1973
  • Opening ceremony: 30 October 1973
  • 40th anniversary celebrations: October 2013