Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Bridge collapses over motorway in Italy

italian motorway collapse

A road bridge in Italy has collapsed onto a live motorway during a lifting operation, killing two people.

Autostrade, Italy’s highways authority, said that an overpass had collapsed onto a section of the A14 Bologna to Taranto bridge between Loreto and Ancona South due to “a failure of temporary structure of support of the overpass”.

It pointed to the failure of piles on the temporary works used to raise the bridge as the cause, and said it was not a structural failure of the overpass itself. It moved to reassure the public about the safety of overpasses on the motorway network, which it said are constantly monitored and controlled.

The authority said that the bridge was undergoing infrastructure improvement work at the time following the widening of the highway underneath to three lanes. The structure which collapsed was closed to traffic, however it fell on to a car travelling underneath, killing two people.

italian police tweet

italian police tweet

The report said that work to lift the bridge section was completed by 11.30am local time and the bridge collapsed at 1pm.

The motorway underneath appears to have barriers cordoning off the outermost lanes which were partially crushed in the collapse.

An Italian engineering firm was on the site at the time.

It is reported that two workers from the firm Delabech were injured when they fell as the structure collapsed.

 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.