An image from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A satellite shows Turkey’s Third Bosphorus Bridge as it was being constructed on Feb. 8, 2016. The hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge, which opened on Aug. 26, 2016, forms part of the ongoing 150 kilometer-long Northern Marmara Highway project.
President Tayyip Erdogan oversaw a ceremony inaugurating the $3 billion bridge, which is described by its Turko-Italian developers as the world’s broadest suspension bridge at 58.4 metres (192 feet) wide. Also known as the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the bridge has eight lanes of motorway and two rail lines, and its 322-meter A-shaped towers stand taller than the Eiffel Tower.
During the last year, Sentinel-2A followed the progress made on the bridge during the last year. An animation of 17 images can be watched here.
Located on the edge of Istanbul, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, seen in this image captured mid-construction by the Sentinel-2A satellite, is named after a 16th-century Ottoman ruler. (Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA)