Bridging the Genoa gap

By Mike Hayes20 January 2021

In August, 2018, disaster struck the city of Genoa, when a 200m section of the renowned Morandi bridge collapsed, including one of its three supporting towers. The incident killed 43 people and left a further 600 homeless.

With the city in great distress, local authorities took decisive action; they commissioned designs for a new bridge and instigated a plan for the demolition and clearance of the Morandi bridge. At the same time, calls were made to the country’s leading construction firms to prepare for the construction of the new structure.

The Genova San Giorgio bridge would be built as a mixed steel-concrete structure, 1,067 metres in length, with 19 spans supported by 18 elliptical reinforced concrete stacks.

Suddenly, the mood shifted from one of mourning to one of hope, as the Italian construction industry mobilised itself to assist in the huge project.

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