Türkiye’s Transport and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan said that Istanbul’s third bridge across the Bosphorus would be opened in October 2015.

The minister said: «We aim to launch the opening of the bridge on Oct. 29, 2015.»

The bridge, also known as Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, will open on the 86th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

Elvan unveiled a future transportation project during his speech and said they planned to construct a railway over Canakkale Strait, or Dardanelles Strait.

The minister said the government would make a 8.5 billion Turkish Liras investment on railways in 2015 and added they planned a 12 billion investment per year as of 2016.