Following President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit last week, the details of the second bridge planned to be built between Greece and Turkey, which has entered a new phase in normalization, have been announced. The distance between the deck of the bridge to be built on the Meriç River and the river surface will be 10 meters. The length of the line, including the bridge, which will start from the Greek border and end in Silivri, will be 180 kilometers.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu said that the existing İpsala-Kipi Bridge on the Meriç River was built in 1958 and a second bridge was needed due to the increase in vehicle traffic. Minister Uraloğlu reminded that as a result of the international decisions taken to improve the European and regional transportation infrastructure, it was decided to jointly build a second highway border crossing bridge with the memorandum of understanding signed in Athens on January 22, 2004. On June 10, 2006; Stating that an agreement was signed between Turkey and Greece for the construction of the İpsala-Kipi Second Border Crossing Bridge, Uraloğlu said, “On April 4, 2014, a protocol was signed to determine the map indicating the location and exact location of the bridge and the border line plan on it. The bridge has 2 departures, 2 arrivals.” “There will be a total of 4 lanes and two countries will put out tenders separately,” he said.
Stating that the line, including the bridge, starts from the Greek border near İpsala and ends in Silivri, Minister Uraloğlu said, “This line is approximately 180 kilometers long with east-west reference. “The project axis starts from the exit of İpsala Customs Facilities and ends at the entrance of Kipi Customs Facilities after approximately 1,500 meters.”