Italy is preparing to inaugurate with great pomp the new bridge in Genoa (northwest) on Monday, two years after the old one collapsed, leaving 43 dead in August 2018.
“Tomorrow I will be in Genoa for the inauguration of the new bridge: from a wound that will hardly heal the symbol of a new Italy that is rising. An important day that tells the present and future of a country that is changing,” wrote the Prime Minister on Facebook. Italian, Giussepe Conte.
However, the ceremony will weigh the absence of the families of the victims who refuse to participate in this inauguration and will meet ten days later to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy.
On August 14, 2018, under a torrential rain, the Morandi bridge, named after the engineer who designed it in the 1960s, one of the essential axes for trade with Europe but also for tourist travel, collapsed dragging dozens of vehicles and killing 43 people, including four children.
Since then, Italy, where the execution of public works is usually very slow, has doubled the bridge and finished the bridge in record time, to the point that today the “Genoa model” is being spoken of in the country.
The last section of the bridge, approximately 1 km long, was placed in late April, after which the finishing works and safety tests were carried out.
In addition to Conte, will be attended by President Sergio Mattarella, local authorities and architect Renzo Piano, who designed the new bridge and is the author, among others, of the Pompidou Center and the new Palace of Justice in Paris and of The Shard Tower in London. .
The tragedy led to a tough court battle – still ongoing – in which families are targeting mostly the maintenance company, a subsidiary of the Atlantia group, owned by the Benetton family, the largest highway concessionaire in Italy. .