President Tayyip Erdogan opened a massive suspension bridge across Turkey’s Dardanelles Strait on Friday, the latest in a series of major infrastructure projects which he has prioritised during his two decades in power, Reuters reports. Connecting Turkey’s European and Asian shores, the 1915 Canakkale Bridge was built by Turkish and South Korean firms with an investment of 2.5 billion Euros ($2.8 billion). It has the longest main span [2,023 m (6,637 ft)] – the distance between the two towers – of any suspension bridge in the world. Such mega projects have been central to Erdogan’s achievements since his AK Party first came to power in 2002, including a new Istanbul airport, rail and road tunnels beneath Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait and a bridge over it.
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