Genoa: the New Bridge on the Polcevera is now visible. The President of the Council of Ministers, Conte, inaugurates the first section of the deck
The Spazio Ponte, the infopoint available to the city to follow the progress of work, has been inaugurated at the Porto Antico
Genoa, 1 October 2019 – This morning at 10:10 a.m., two huge cranes, already used to dismantle the Morandi Bridge, lifted on Piers 5 and 6 the first span of the new viaduct, 50 meters long and with a weight of 500 tonnes, about 50 meters above the ground.
This is the first part of the deck to appear on the Valpolcevera skyline, and will constitute – together with the other 18 that will be lifted in the coming months – the new bridge built by Salini Impregilo and Fincantieri Infrastructure (a Fincantieri Group company) through PERGENOVA.
The event was held in the presence of the President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Paola De Micheli, the Commissioner responsible for the Emergency of Ponte Morandi and Governor of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti, as well as the Extraordinary Commissioner for Reconstruction and Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, the President of Fincantieri Giampiero Massolo and the CEO of the company, Giuseppe Bono. The architect and life senator Renzo Piano, who signed the project of the work, and the Metropolitan Archibishop Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco also took part in the event.
A ceremony of high symbolic value, as it combined the memory of the tragedy which happened on 14 August 2018, when 43 people lost their lives due to the collapse of the Morandi bridge, to the image of the new bridge currently being built, increasingly seen as an opportunity for relaunch, not only for Genoa but for the whole of Italy.
“We have kept a promise made less than twelve months ago,” says Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “That is, to work well, and to work quickly. We have made it as an act of gratitude for a city we consider home, we are a Genoese company, and we have this land in our DNA. However, the entire Italy is working on this bridge, with steel coming from our sites, from Veneto to Campania, with over 1,000 people including technicians, engineers and workers from all over the country, a single great team that shares successes from North to South and overcomes challenges together. The aim is to return a strategic infrastructure to the city and the Country in record time. We like to think that this first span symbolically traces the path to follow, that is, to go on showing that great works can be built well even in Italy, especially when the productive forces of this country work together combining unique know-how and experimenting with innovative models of collaboration between companies and the institutions.”
“We are dealing with a highly symbolic work,” Pietro Salini continues, “produced by a spirit of collective initiative, an experience of collaboration that from today we would like to call ‘Cantiere Italia’, as we would like to consider it as a model to be exported to the rest of the Country, to have its infrastructures restarted. This is considered the country of blocked construction sites, we have 36 billion euros in works blocked in Italy – this means having jobs, development, growth of young people blocked as well. Yet, this work shows that infrastructures can be built in Italy. And that they can be done quickly and transparently, while maintaining a very high quality standard. Therefore, Genoa has become a symbol and a precedent for the rest of the country. What we are going to build,” Mr. Salini continued, “is a hyper-technological bridge, sustainable because it is able to power itself, safe, delivered to the citizens in record time, and built in the first totally transparent construction site in the world, with webcams active 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A construction site that we have decided to open to children, with visits from primary and secondary schools in Genoa, and to the citizens as well: thanks to the Spazio Ponte, a permanent exhibition set up in the Porto Antico, they will in fact be able to participate in the construction of this beautiful infrastructure.
” The day was also the occasion for the inauguration of the Spazio Ponte in the old heart of Genoa, at Porta Siberia, Porto Antico. A meeting and information point dedicated to the new bridge, where it is possible to learn the technical characteristics of the work, admire the model tested in the wind tunnel, measure oneself against digital reconstructions of the infrastructure, practice in the laboratories, immerse oneself in the construction site following the images taken from the drones, discover how to build a bridge. The Spazio Ponte is a place open to the public and to anyone who wants to learn more about the work, another door to enter the site, but also a space for collaboration between citizens and the administration, for the exchange of ideas in meetings where it is possible to share the future of sustainable infrastructure and mobility.”