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Genoa announces $220M project to replace collapsed bridge

MILAN (AP) — Genoa’s mayor has announced that a $220 million project designed by the hometown architect Renzo Piano and inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge, which collapsed last summer, killing 43 people.

Mayor Marco Bucci announced on Tuesday that the project will be carried out by three Italian companies, the construction contractor Salini-Impregilo, state-run shipbuilder Fincantieri and the state railway subsidiary Italferr, which will be responsible for engineering work.

The mayor said the project will take 12 months and should be completed, although not yet accessible, by the end of 2019.

Piano’s project will make use of weight-bearing columns meant to resemble the bow of a ship, and will be illuminated by 43 lamps casting a light shaped like ships’ sails and representing each of the victims of the recent bridge collapse. Piano will also be the technical supervisor for the project.

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