Genoa inaugurates its new bridge, two years after deadly collapse

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It is preparing to open with great fanfare on Monday, August 3, two years after the collapse of the former who killed 43 people in August 2018.

“Tomorrow, I will be in Genoa for the inauguration of the new bridge: from a wound that will hardly heal to the symbol of a new Italy which is recovering. An important day which tells about the present and the future of a country which is changing” , the head of government Giuseppe Conte wrote on his Facebook account on Sunday.

The families of the victims refused to participate in this event and will reunite ten days later to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy.

On August 14, 2018, in heavy rain, the Morandi motorway bridge, named after the engineer who designed it, collapsed and resulted in it falling dozens of vehicles, on the road to vacation or work .

1.067 meter long viaduct

Since then, Italy, renowned as the champion of slowness in the execution of public works, has worked hard to build the new 1,067-meter-long viaduct, designed by the architect from Genoa.

The last section, about 1 km long, was laid at the end of April and since the finishing works and safety tests have followed one another.

In addition to Mr. Conte and Renzo Piano, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella will be present at the inauguration, which is however threatened by a weather alert, with heavy rains expected on Monday over Liguria, the region of Genoa.

The collapse of the Morandi Bridge, located on the route of the motorway linking Italy and France, gave rise to a bitter legal battle, still ongoing.

Many people and companies are on the dock, but the finger is pointed especially at the company Autostrade per l’Italia (Aspi), manager of this road viaduct and whose main shareholder is the Benetton family through Atlantia.

At the end of a standoff with the government started the day after the fall of the bridge and with an investigation[…]

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