A finalised timetable for the reconstruction of the collapsed Polcevera Viaduct in Genoa, Italy, has been announced by the city’s mayor and reconstruction commissioner Marco Bucci.
The new bridge is now set to open by 15 April 2020, within the 12 to 15 month period which had previously been promised.
According to local Italian news site Ansa, construction of the new Renzo Piano designed bridge is due to start in March this year. The design was chosen from around 20 submissions which were not made public.
The original bridge, more commonly known as the Morandi Bridge after its designer, collapsed in August last year killing 43 people.
Italian contractors and engineering companies Salini Impregilo and Fincantieri will build the bridge after winning the €200M (£180M) construction contract.
The new bridge will have a continuous 1,100m steel deck with 20 spans. It will have 19 elliptical piers made of reinforced concrete, most of which will be positioned 50m apart. Two of the piers will be 100m apart because of their location on either side of the river and the railway which run below the structure.
Demolition of the existing structure as well as around 100 houses in the vicinity of the motorway bridge started in December last year.
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