Zilek Bridge

The Zilek Bridge is a 508 m (1,667 ft) long Bowstring-arch bridge that crosses the Batman River in southeastern Turkey. Located between the cities Diyarbakır and Batman, the bridge carries the Fevzipaşa-Kurtalan railway.

Zilek Bridge

Zilek Köprüsü
Coordinates37°49′45″N 40°59′50″E / 37.8291°N 40.9973°E / 37.8291; 40.9973Coordinates: 37°49′45″N 40°59′50″E / 37.8291°N 40.9973°E / 37.8291; 40.9973
Carries1 track of the Fevzipaşa-Kurtalan railway
CrossesBatman River
LocaleAğılköy, Diyarbakır Province and Soğuksu, Batman Province
OwnerTurkish State Railways
Characteristics
MaterialReinforced Concrete
Total length508 m (1,667 ft)
No. of spans10
History
DesignerNOHAB
Constructed byTurkish State Railways
Construction start1939
Construction end1944; 78 years ago (1944)[1]
Location

The bridge was constructed between 1939-44 as part of the extension of the railway from Diyarbakır to Kurtalan. When first completed, it was the second longest railway bridge in the country after the Karkamış Bridge. The bridge has been replaced by a new 1,430 m (4,690 ft) long viaduct that was completed by the end of 2017. The old Zilek bridge has been flooded by the Ilısu Reservoir.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TCDD lines opening dates". trainsofturkey.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Zilek'te tarihi köprüye veda". batmancagdas.com. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2022.