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Footbridge design competition


The mayor of a small Etruscan town in the heart of Italy has launched a design competition to replace a collapsing footbridge that provides the town's only access. Perched on a volcanic outcrop in the Tiber valley some 160km from Rome, the town, Civita di Bagnoregio, only has 20 permanent residents but attracts some 3,000 tourists a day. Mayor Erino Pompei has called on architects and engineers to offer ideas for new access routes and to come up with ways to stabilise the subsidence that could lead to a complete collapse of the town. With the 1970s bridge now on the brink of collapse the town has reverted to using mules to get tourists and locals up the 450m climb.

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