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(Sabah Newspaper, 6 December 2014)
Nowhere won't be nowhere anymore.
The southeast Anatolia region is counting the days till another
dream comes true. The Nissibi Bridge in Adiyaman will the
third biggest bridge in Turkey, after the Bosphorus and Fatih
Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul.
The Nissibi Bridge has been built with 100% Turkish financing by
the Gulsan firm and is Turkey's first 'cable stayed' bridge. Nissibi
will add impetus to the socio-economic development of cities like
Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Mardin and Sanliurfa, in a region where the
'solution process' (euphemism for Turkey's efforts to reconcile
differences with its Kurdish minority) is underway.
Red line traces new bridge route.
Adiyaman Parliamentarian Ahmet Aydin, who is also the AK
Party Group Chief, said that the final segment of the 610-meter
long bridge will be put in place in the coming weeks. President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will preside at the opening ceremony.
Because of the construction of the Ataturk Dam (1983-1992)
old Samsat district and tens of villages were inundated and
road travel between Diyarbakir and Adiyaman was cut off.
Ferry boats shuttled traffic across the dam lake but Adiyaman
essentially became a dead-end, with continuous road travel
available only via Sanliurfa.
In Turkey, only the Bosphorous Bridge (1,074 meters) and the
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (1,090 meters), both in Istanbul,
are longer than Nissibi. The driving distance between Diyarbakir
and Adiyaman will be shortened by 60 kilometers, thanks to