Deconstruction of Genoa's collapsed Morandi bridge begins

The move comes 6 months after 43 people lost their lives due to motorway's partial collapse

Photo: EPA A view of demolition work on the Morandi bridge in Genoa.

The demolition work of Genoa's Morandi bridge which partially collapsed six months ago killing 43 people, starts today ahead of its reconstruction. Authorities now expect it will take between 12 and 15 months to carry out the deconstruction and rebuild, which will cost €200m.

Thousands of tonnes of steel, concrete and asphalt, however, have already been removed from the spectacularly truncated high-rise bridge in the northern Italian port city to make it lighter before the "deconstruction" operation begins. Four powerful strand-jacks positioned on the bridge by an enormous crane will now unhook and slowly lower a 36 by 18 metre concrete slab weighing over 900 tonnes. The operation to lower the vast slab around 48 metres to the ground is expected to take eight hours, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to attend the start.

The operation is aimed at helping the city move on from the August disaster, which beyond the human cost also ripped out one of the city's main transport arteries. Being described as one of the worst tragedies in modern Italian history, the bridge collapse took 43 lives and injured dozens more. Meanwhile, around 600 local residents have been forced to leave their homes since the incident, due to the fact that part of a motorway linking the busy Italian port city with southern France was in ruins.

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