Turkey plans to build a bridge across the Dardanelles The new bridge across the Dardanelles is planned to be built in Turkey and as part of the construction the ring road around the Marmara will be constructed. This was stated in an interview for A Haber TV channel by the Lutfi Elvan Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications of the Republic of Turkey.

The main subject of the project is to improve the traffic situation in Istanbul. 

Besides that the transportion of multi-million population of the metropolis is already kind of a problem for urban transport, after the construction of bridges over the Bosporus transit traffic of trucks has dramatically increased. 

Grand engineering construction will connect the coastal cities Sarıçay and Kilitbahir. New six-lane bridge project is being developed under the same construction techniques that were used in the construction of two bridges over the Bosphorus. Part of the bridge, which will be directly over the water has height of 1400 meters.

The project’s total cost will be  4-5 billion dollars. The total budget includes the construction of a new highway with length of 433 kilometers, which will connect the city of Istanbul its European side and Turkey's third-largest city- Izmir. 

Nowadays Dardanelles are one of the busiest waterways in the world. In average every ten minutes one ship passes by Dardanelles, yearly the traffic is around 50 000 vessels.