Arup has announced that a partnership of it and Aas-Jakobsen have been newly appointed to verify the design for the Çanakkale Bridge in Turkey. The bridge will have a record-breaking main span of 2,023m supported from 318m-tall towers. It will connect the Asian and European continents as part of a new highway.

The independent design verification team will work with the joint venture of Daelim, Limak, SK and Yapi Merkezi that is responsible for building the bridge. Cowi is the contracting joint venture’s designer. The project is being carried out under the management of the General Directorate of Highways (KGM), Ministry of Transport Infrastructure, Maritime Affairs & Communications and Çanakkale Otoyol ve Köprüsü Insaat Yatirim ve Isletme.

“The record breaking 1915 Çanakkale Bridge will demonstrate our commitment to push the boundaries of what is possible to shape a better world,” said Arup global bridge skills leader Matt Carter. He said that Arup looks forward to collaborating closely to navigate the technical complexities associated with a bridge of this length.  

Svein Erik Jakobsen, head of the bridge department at Aas-Jakobsen, added that the record span explores the boundary of current suspension bridge design.