Almost six months after the Genoa catastrophe, Marco Bucci, the mayor of the city, officially announced the signing of a contract to rebuild the bridge that had collapsed in August. If everything goes well, the new construction will be completed by the end of next year.
The new bridge will consist of a steel structure 1100 m long and 20 m wide. According to Bucci’s announcements, the reconstruction should begin on March 31, after all the work related to the demolition of the old construction has been completed. The mayor at the press conference mentioned that the construction of the bridge will last 12 months. However, the new construction might be ready as early as December 31, 2019.
The construction of the new facility was entrusted to three companies: Salini Impregilo, Fincantieri and Italferr. The architect Renzo Piano is responsible for the design inspired by the naval ship. According to his vision, the new bridge will resemble the bow of the ship, which will be illuminated with 43 light-emitting lantern-shaped lanterns. The number is not accidental – each lantern will symbolize one of the victims who lost their lives in the August tragedy.
The total investment cost will amount to approx. EUR 202 million.