The rebuilding of the collapsed Polcevera viaduct in Genoa, Italy, could take as little as 12 to 15 months according to the commission set up to reconstruct the bridge.
Speaking to Bloomberg, commissioner Marco Bucci, who is also the mayor of Genoa, played down accusations that it could take up to five years to rebuild the bridge by saying that the schemes it was looking at put the rebuild at just over a year.
“The best project we have so far, is going to take 12 to 15 months [to build] and we are totally committed to making sure it’s going to happen,” he said.
Last week, Bucci said there were up to 20 designs for a replacement bridge which the commission was considering including ones by architects Renzo Piano and Santiago Calatrava. The evaluation of the designs was expected to start at the beginning of this week.
In the immediate aftermath of the collapse, bridge operator Autostrade proposed to rebuild the bridge in eight months. However, in the interview, Bucci said Autostrade would not be part of the process to rebuild the bridge.
“We have specific direction for the government to say Autostrade will not be part of the construction,” he clarified.
In September, the government published a damning report blaming Autostrade for the bridge’s collapse saying the highways operator lacked the analytical expertise to inspect the bridge, and that it missed “warning signs” about the bridge’s condition.
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, started to be demolished starting from the western end in at the beginning of this month.
He said the designs which had been submitted were from the “best of the companies in the world”, and he was “very confident” the new bridge would have the “best technology in the world”.