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30-day demolition mooted for collapsed Italy bridge

Collapsed italy bridge

Italian highways operator Autostrade per L’Italia is set to present the Italian government with its finalised demolition plan for the Polcevera viaduct.

The plan – due to be submitted by the end of this week – is expected to outline a 30-day demolition of the viaduct, also known as the Morandi bridge.

It comes as Italian police handed prosecutors a list of 13 people including top executives of Autostrade who may be responsible for the collapse of a bridge which killed 43 people last month.

Governor of Liguria Giovanni Toti said that the demolition schedule would be “shorter than expected” estimating that the final plan will be around 30 days.

Toti said the plan, which involves the removal of 150 flats surrounding the bridge, could begin as early as the end of this month. He also confirmed that demolition will begin with the east pillar, which has experts have claimed is at risk of further collapse.

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

However, leading engineers have expressed concerns about Autostrade’s plan to rebuild the collapsed Polcevera viaduct within eight months.

An investigation into why the bridge collapsed is ongoing. New Civil Engineer previously revealed that investigators have found corrosion on main stay cables, which is being looked at as a cause of the collapse. 

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  • Philip Alexander

    No wonder the bridge collapsed in the first place if these Italian clowns reckon they can demolish the rest of the whole bridge and 150 flats in 30 days AND build a new bridge in 8 months. They clearly live in an imaginary world called cloud cuckoo land. Maybe their big bonuses (hidden from the Italian tax man of course) should be at risk if they don't succeed.........

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