July 21, 2020 / 4:35 PM / 22 days ago

New Genoa bridge to open in August, two years after fatal collapse

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Genoa bridge as engineers perform static testing operations ahead of its inauguration in Genoa, Italy, July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

MILAN (Reuters) - A new viaduct in the Italian port city of Genoa will open next month, built to replace a motorway bridge that collapsed almost two years ago, killing 43 people.

“Genoa’s Saint George bridge will be inaugurated on Aug. 3 at 1830 local time (1630 GMT),” Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci said on a post on his Facebook account. Bucci is also the state-appointed commissioner for the replacement of the bridge.

Connecting Italy with France, a section of the old bridge broke apart on Aug. 14, 2018, sending dozens of cars plunging to the ground. The disaster prompting national outrage and triggered a bitter dispute between the government and infrastructure group Atlantia (ATL.MI), whose motorway unit managed the viaduct.

Hundreds of workers in a consortium including inspection and engineering services group RINA, builder Webuild WBD.MI and shipbuilder Fincantieri (FCT.MI), have been working day and night since January 2019 to erect the new structure in a project led by Genoa-born architect Renzo Piano.

Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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