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Testing begins on collapsed Italy bridge debrisSubscription
Testing has begun on debris collected from the site of the Polcevera Viaduct to determine what caused the fatal collapse.
New Civil Engineer exclusively reveals a 1960s report detailing the construction methods and designs behind the collapsed Morandi bridge in Genoa.
No detailed technical investigation of the Polcevera Viaduct – also known as the Morandi bridge – can begin until the search and recovery operation is complete. Investigators will be hunting for clues to how such a vital structure on a major motorway could collapse so suddenly, sending at least 39 road users tumbling to their deaths 45m below. Already a number of theories are circulating – but until a thorough investigation is completed, it is only possible to speculate.
No bridges on the UK’s strategic road network bear similarities to that of the collapsed structure in Italy, Highways England (HE) has said.
From the scene | Collapsed Italy bridge laid bare Subscription
Arriving at the edge of the cordoned off zone, the police guard all access points to what remains of the motorway bridge leading out of Genoa.
The remains of the Polcevera viaduct are at risk of further collapse, according to a structural engineer involved in the rescue effort.
Investigators examining the scene of the collapsed Polcevera Viaduct, more familiarly known as Morandi bridge, have found damage to the main stay cables on the collapsed section of the bridge, New Civil Engineer can reveal.
The collapsed Italian motorway bridge which killed at least 22 people was undergoing foundation strengthening works at the time it collapsed.
The owner and operator of the Polcevera viaduct was actively tendering for €20M (£17.9M) of structural retrofitting at the time of its collapse, as a stop gap while a complete upgrade of the major road network around Genoa was worked up.
A “Marshall plan” costing “tens of billions of Euros” is needed to bring the tens of thousands of bridges across Italy that have exceeded their design life up to standard, a leading Italian research body has demanded.