THOUSANDS OF OTHER BRIDGES IN ITALY MAY ALSO BE AT RISK: GENOA BRIDGE COLLAPSE
Thirty-nine fatalities have been confirmed so far, since Tuesday, but authorities continue to warn that the death toll may rise. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a 12-month state of emergency for the city of Genoa on Wednesday night and pledged five million euros to tackle the immediate costs of the search-and-rescue efforts.
According to CNN, sxperts are now warning that the collapse of the Morandi Bridge — a vital link of the A10 highway that connects northwest Italy to France and one of the busiest bridges in Italy — is a sign of far more serious failings
in the maintenance of bridges across the country.
“All Italian bridges made of concrete between the 1950s and 1960s have come to the end of their life,” Settimo Martinello, director of 4EMME Service, a company that carries out inspections and checks on the state of 50,000 bridges in Italy. “They’re not eternal.”
Leading politicians have blamed Autostrade for the Genoa disaster. Conte announced Wednesday that his government would revoke the concession from the company, while Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli has called for senior managers there to resign. Shares in Autostrade were down 24% Thursday.
Stefano Marigliani, a senior executive at Autostrade in charge of the part of the toll road network linking the French and Italian Rivieras that includes the bridge, told the Financial Times
that the structure “was monitored constantly beyond legal requirements” and that there was “no reason to consider it dangerous.”
Soon after the incident, it emerged that locals and experts had been warning about the state of the bridge for years.\
August 14, 2018 – Genoa, Liguria, Italy – The remains of the Morandi motorway bridge stands after it partially collapsed in Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The famous bridge of highway A10 that connected the Liguria region with south Italy collapsed with many victims. (Credit Image: ?? Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press