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Demolition of Polcevera Viaduct to start in December

Polcevera viaduct

Demolition of the remaining parts of the Polcevera Viaduct in Genoa will start on 15 December according to local Italian news reports.

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 according to Rai News.

The announcement was made by the mayor of Genoa Marco Bucci, who was made commissioner for the reconstruction of the bridge in October this year.

In September, bridge operator Autostrade submitted plans for a 30-day demolition of the bridge. At the time, governor of Liguria Giovanni Toti said that the demolition schedule would be “shorter than expected” and include the removal of 150 flats surrounding the bridge.

The highways operator has previously vowed to rebuild the bridge, in eight months and has set aside €500M (£450M) to do so.

However, leading engineers have expressed concerns about Autostrade’s plan to rebuild the collapsed Polcevera viaduct within eight months.

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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