The WIRELOCK® product is used in two of three bridges known as the Bosphorus Bridges, which span the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, creating a road link between Asia and Europe.
The Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge, known as the second Bosphorus Bridge was completed in 1988 and was at the time the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge is situated between Hisarüstü on the European side and Kavacık on the Asian side.
The second Bosphorus Bridge to be built, it is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and vertical hangers. It has an aerodynamic deck which is 1,510m long and 39m wide. The deck hangs on double vertical steel cables, all socketed using WIRELOCK®.
Currently, around 150,000 vehicles daily pass in both directions on the bridge.
The first Bosphorus Bridge was completed in 1973 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world outside of the US and remained the longest suspension bridge in Europe until the completion of the Humber Bridge in 1981.
It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel towers and inclined hangars. The deck hangs on zigzag steel cables.
In recent years, due to corrosion and fatigue, the hanger ropes involved in the suspension of the bridge were replaced. The new hanger sockets were socketed with WIRELOCK® as part of this re fit.