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Polcevera commission to rule on up to 20 bridge rebuild plans

Polcevera

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.

Commissioner Marco Bucci, who is also the mayor of Genoa, said starting on the 3 December the commission would start to negotiate with the prospective contractors on which scheme to take forward. The designs have not been made public.

However, according to local paper Ansa, preliminary proposals have been presented by a joint venture comprising contractor Salini Impregilo, ship builder Fincantieri and consultant Italferr has teamed up with architect Renzo Piano, and steel work specialist Cimolai group has reportedly involved Spain’s Santiago Calatrava for its proposed project.

The cable stayed viaduct, more commonly known as the Morandi Bridge, 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, are due to be demolished starting from the western end in December.

Italian consumers’ group Codacons has also presented a project which looks to reuse of remaining parts of the viaduct, only rebuilding the 200m long collapsed section. A statement for the organisation said that it would be “a new bridge, dedicated to the victims of the tragedy that could be built quickly, with less economic resources from the State and fewer technical difficulties than the total demolition”.

Should the Codacons plan be selected, plans to demolish the surviving structure would be halted. 

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

The seven-member commission includes university professors, engineers, architects, professionals and one senior city official. 

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