Almost two years after the Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy, which killed 43 people, the new bridge was ceremonially opened on Monday evening. Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte previously called the structure "a symbol of a new emerging Italy".

The new mile-long bridge was designed by architect Renzo Piano and bears the name San Giorgio. In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera , Piano says that he designed the bridge with its 40-meter-high elliptical pillars in such a way that the structure would look like a ship in the Mediterranean sunlight. According to him, this does justice to the character of the port city.

During the ceremony, the names of the victims were read after which silence was held for three minutes. However, no relatives were present, writes the Italian medium Ansa . They thought the festive character of the opening did not fit the tragedy.

The new bridge will be opened to traffic later this week.

Disaster revealed many years of mismanagement and poor maintenance

The old bridge collapsed on August 14, 2018. At that time, a lot of traffic was crossing the bridge, causing several cars and trucks to fall about 50 meters down. The last vehicles left on the bridge were only removed in December of that year, after which dismantling of the bridge started in 2019. The remaining parts of the bridge were detonated in June 2019.

The disaster revealed years of maladministration and poor maintenance among the private operator Autostrade per L'Italia. It turned out that certain parts of the bridge had not been maintained for 25 years.

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