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Genoa to have a new bridge ‘for Christmas’ next year, mayor said

Genoa to have a new bridge ‘for Christmas’ next year, mayor said

Genoa Morandi bridge will be restored next March, promised a mayor. The highest city bridge has collapsed in mid-August, now the city authorities are ready to demolish it to make the path for a brand new bridge, The Local Italy reports.

Marco Bucci, Genoa mayor, promised that the city will get a new bridge instead of the collapsed. According to the city council, the objective is to take the demolition far enough so that construction work can start. The scheduled work should begin on March 31 and end by the end of 2019. For Genoa residents, it will be the best Christmas gift.

The tragic incident took place on August, 14, the collapse resulted in 43 people died and dozens were injured. A section of a viaduct on the A10 motorway collapsed in a couple of minutes, causing a 200-metre long piece of the Morandi bridge to fall away.

Genoa mayor underlined that Morandi bridge’s reconstruction is crucial not just for Genoa and its region, “but for all of northern Italy and I daresay for France and Switzerland”. A consortium of five Italian companies is lined up for the work, which still needs to be approved by a judge. A court hearing is scheduled for today afternoon.

According to local media, the demolition has been repeatedly delayed while the investigators called for the urgent demolition of the bridge’s remains in August, warning that supports were weakening. The cost of clearance of the site is estimated at 19 million euros, Genoa authorities said on Friday.