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The first part of the Morandi bridge dismantled

The 36 meters long and 18 meters wide bridge piece had been separated since Friday, in the night, work continued. Until Saturday evening, nearly a thousand tons of heavy part could be left finally slow down.

The part of the piece to allow the 48-Meter to the ground down, lasted about ten hours. Per hour, only five meters were able to be put back, in the afternoon, the pace had to be reduced due to wind. The part should now be as a counter-weight for the dismantling of the rest of the bridge roadway, used, before, finally, the piers of the bridge can be blown up.

The whole demolition of the highway bridge is expected to take at least six months. Approximately 60 workers will be day and night in use on the site. The Italian government has promised that the new reinforced concrete bridge, the designs, the Genoa-born architect Renzo Piano, is free, can be taken up to April 2020 in operation.

43 deaths

The much-traveled, almost 1200 meters Morandi bridge was on 14. August at a length of 200 meters, collapsed. 43 people were killed, including four children. Dozens of people were injured and many residents had to vacate in the Wake of their houses.

the experts had declared after the disaster, the collapse was due to many structural defects of prestressed concrete bridge predictable. The Italian judiciary is investigating the case against a number of defendants and against the operator Autostrade per l'italia (Aspi).

With an estimated cost of 200 million euros, the new bridge will be one of the most expensive in the whole of Europe. Architect Piano promised, the new structure will hold "a thousand years". Piano's design includes a white painted steel structure, which spans the port city. 43 pillars of light to remember the victims of the disaster.

footage from several surveillance cameras showing the collapse of the highway bridge in Genoa. (Video: Reuters) (sda)

Created: 10.02.2019, 03:51 PM

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