Messina Bridge currently lies at the bottom of the new Infrastructure Minister's to do list, he said this week.
It's only hope is that the current coalition government in power in Italy - the Union centre left - falls and a new pro bridge coalition takes its place. Infrastructure Minister Antonio di Pietro argued, it is part of the coalition's mandate to stop work on the bridge and divert funding into other projects or return it to the public purse.'I will abide by my mandate and will not include the project among our priorities,' said di Pietro speaking to the Italian transport comittee.He added 'Forced by financial responsibility I will determine when and how to stop the works with no extra costs for tax-payers. We are holding meetings with all parties concerned to define common solutions which can prevent the construction of the bridge without affecting citizens.'Replacing the government is not such a long shot, Italy's current record is 28 governments in one year.Related links:Today's top stories