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New Tiber crossing starts construction

Buro Happold has won the contract to design a new 200m bridge spanning the River Tiber, as part of an infrastructure development plan between the Flaminio and Monte Mario regions of Rome.

The firm will begin construction on the bridge Ponte della Musica in April this year along with C Lotti and Associati (a Rome-based civil engineering firm) and Powell-Williams Architects.

The Ponte della Musica will consist of two incline steel arches supporting a steel deck, which can be converted from its initial pedestrianised form for vehicular use.

Buro Happold's project leader, David Liaghat, said: "Designing and building a bridge in Rome is any engineer's dream. It embodies fantastic engineering; simplicity, elegance and functionality."

The crossing will provide a link between the sports facilities located on either side of the river as part of a major infrastructure development project which has been planned since 1931.

A city planning department representative, Roberto Morassutt, said of the scheme: "It has an enormous cultural and urban value; the area, set along the town circumference, will become a great public space for cultural events in facilities such as the Auditorium and the new MAXXI gallery."

The bridge is expected to be completed in July 2009.

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