The New Genoa Bridge Will Take Up To 12 Months


The contract to replace the bridge in Genoa, Italy, which collapsed in August killing more than 40 people, has been awarded to Salini Impregilo and Fincantieri Infrastructure, subsidiary of Fincantieri. The new bridge across the Polcevera River has been designed by architect Renzo Piano, and the two companies will work together by creating a new company called Pergenova with the aim of completing the structure in 12 months from the moment work at the site can begin following the demolition of the old bridge.

Pietro Salini, chief executive of Salini Impregilo, welcomed the decision of Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci, who is also commissioner of the reconstruction effort, and said that 12 months to help re-launch Genoa was “the dream that we are hoping to give the Genoese before Christmas in memory of the victims of this terrible tragedy. To relaunch the city as quickly possible and send a strong message to the entire country”.

The bridge over the Polcevera is a key artery that connects the port and the wider coastal area to France. Salini Impregilo said the new structure would play an important role in helping Genoa in its “return to being an important shipping and commercial hub”.