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Demolition of the collapsed highway bridge has begun

Six months after the devastating collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa have started the demolition work. In a first step, a 36 times 18 meters big part is to be separated from pieces of the roadway and left the ground.

the dismantling of The more than 900 tonnes of heavy concrete piece should take about eight hours. Italy's head of government, Giuseppe Conte spoke of "an important day" for the Northern Italian port city. "This is a first step on a path that will, hopefully, be as short as possible."

The Prime Minister made, together with transport Minister Danilo Toninelli and Genoa's mayor Marco Bucci on site there is a picture of the demolition work.

cave-in due to construction defects

The much-traveled highway bridge in the Northern Italian city was on 14. August at a length of 200 meters, collapsed. 43 people were killed, dozens more were injured. 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).

the demolition of The almost 1200 meters long Morandi-bridge will take place according to the plans, more than half a year. The Eastern section is currently locked and will be examined by investigators.

New bridge by Star-architect

Then a new bridge, designed by the Italian Star-architect Renzo Piano is to be built. According to the government, you should be in April of 2020 for the transport is released.

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, who hails from Genoa, promised that the new building 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.

(oli/sda)

Created: 08.02.2019, 17:53 PM

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