Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Italy bridge collapse | Finalised rebuild timeline revealed

Renzo piano genoa polcevera morandi bridge 3to2

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.

Like what you’ve read? To receive New Civil Engineer’s daily and weekly newsletters click here.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Philip Alexander

    If the Italian contractors can build an 1100m long, 20 span bridge in 12-15 months we ought to get them to finish off Crossrail !! But to be serious for a moment, who are they trying to kid? If they achieve that in less than 2 years I'll eat my sliderule.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • There is no mention of an experienced bridge designer.
    Renzo Piano is an Architect who has no apparent history of bridge design. Salini Impregilo are contractors; and Fincantieri are boat builders with again no record of bridge construction.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.