Demolition of the Polcevera viaduct remains in Genoa, Italy, is to begin this weekend.
One of the main towers and around a 200m long section of the cable stayed viaduct, more commonly known as the Morandi Bridge, catastrophically collapsed in August this year killing 43 people.
The remaining two towers, which span over a housing development and a 150m wide section of railway tracks, will now be demolished starting from the western end.
A total of 10 construction and engineering firms will be involved in removing the remains of the bridge.
Mayor of Genoa Marco Bucci also confirmed that about 100 houses near to the highways bridge will be partially or completely demolished as part of the works.
The mayor has also announced that reconstruction work will begin at the end of March with a completion date of December 2019 earmarked.
The commission tasked with rebuilding the Polcevera viaduct in Genoa is to decide on up to 20 designs for a replacement bridge including ones by architects Renzo Piano and Santiago Calatrava.
An investigation into why the bridge collapsed is ongoing. New Civil Engineer previously revealed that investigators have found corrosion on main stay cables, which is being looked at as a cause of the collapse.
A damning Italian transport ministry report released in September blamed Autostrade for the collapse saying it lacked the analytical expertise to inspect the bridge and claimed Autostrade missed “warning signs” about the bridge’s condition.
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