Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

Might have some relevance to a few
Message
Author
User avatar
Capetonian
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 9592
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:44 am
Location: Enjoying the self-destruction of the EU.
Gender:
Age: 66

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#61 Post by Capetonian » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:00 pm

- Genoa, June 25 - Work began on a new road bridge in Genoa Tuesday replacing one that collapsed last August killing 43 people.
The ship-shaped bridge has been designed by starchitect Renzo Piano in a gift to his native city.
State-controlled shipbuilding giant Fincantieri is the lead player in the construction of the new bridge, even though infrastructure is not its normal field.
On Tuesday the first dollop of cement was poured into the foundation of the new structure.
Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli had the honour of pressing the button top start the pour.
It will take several hours to lay the first foundation for the first pillar of the new futuristic structure.
Toninelli said "we have pledged some one billion euros for Genoa".
One thing you can say for the French, when civilization falls they have less far to fall than everyone else.

User avatar
OFSO
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 6866
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:39 pm
Location: The Peoples Republic of Islington
Gender:
Age: 75

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#62 Post by OFSO » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:21 am

The towers are due to be explosively demolished at nine am local time this morning. Four thousand people have been evacuated. Genoa will come to a standstill.

User avatar
Capetonian
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 9592
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:44 am
Location: Enjoying the self-destruction of the EU.
Gender:
Age: 66

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#63 Post by Capetonian » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:29 am

Being broadcast live on RAI TV 1.
Bet they'll stuff it up somehow. Hopefully noone gets hurt
One thing you can say for the French, when civilization falls they have less far to fall than everyone else.

G-CPTN
Capt
Capt
Posts: 1265
Joined: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:22 pm
Location: Tynedale

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#64 Post by G-CPTN » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:56 am

In preparation for the operation, which is scheduled to take place at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT).

Live streaming of RAI TV 1 only available in Italy.

Genoa bridge: Towers to be demolished with explosives

User avatar
Capetonian
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 9592
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:44 am
Location: Enjoying the self-destruction of the EU.
Gender:
Age: 66

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#65 Post by Capetonian » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:03 am

I'm watching it on my IPTV box, not in Italy.

Nothing happening so far, they're talking about invaders landing on Lampedusa.

Update : Still nothing, but they keep interrupting the commentary from Genoa with weather forecasts, and the presenter is a man in what looks like a full Air Force uniform, complete with medals and bars.

0737Z :
Gone, massive clouds of dust and spray.
One thing you can say for the French, when civilization falls they have less far to fall than everyone else.

User avatar
OFSO
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 6866
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:39 pm
Location: The Peoples Republic of Islington
Gender:
Age: 75

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#66 Post by OFSO » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:27 am

A private organisation set up two webcams overlooking the bridge and streamed live on YouTube, with however a considerable delay. Background conversations over the open mike were interesting.

From a distance looked like the blocks of apartments escaped. And the curtain of water looked useful.

A car drove along the road by the railway line some time before the event, probably checking the site.

User avatar
Capetonian
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 9592
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:44 am
Location: Enjoying the self-destruction of the EU.
Gender:
Age: 66

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#67 Post by Capetonian » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:09 am

Possibly not much better in France.
‘Safety issues’ for 25,000 bridges in France
The report investigated the state of bridges in France and has called for urgent repairs

At least 25,000 bridges in France have “safety issues”, a new report from senators has found, less than a year after the Morandi bridge collapse disaster in Genoa, Italy.

The report was commissioned by the French Senate following the collapse of the Morandi motorway viaduct in Genoa, Italy, in August 2018, which killed 43 people.

The report has now called for an urgent “Marshall plan” to be put in place to begin rapid repairs.

Presided over by centrist Eure senator Hervé Maurey, it said: “At least 25,000 bridges are in a poor structural state and present issues of safety and usability for users.”

It added: “Damage to bridges has greatly increased over the past 10 years”, attributing this to aging post-war construction, and “chronic under-investment in heritage maintenance”.

Of the 25,000 bridges identified, 7% are managed by the State, of which 2,800 have been deemed “at the end of their life”. More than 8% of departmentally-managed bridges were judged “problematic”, along with 18-20% of commune and inter-commune crossings.

The viaduct of Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine) had already been identified as requiring urgent attention, following the collapse of a supporting wall in May 2018.

Yet, the report admitted that it was not certain of the exact number of crossings in France. It estimated that there are between 200,000-250,000.

Senators said they were astonished to see “the absence of a comprehensive record of all bridges managed by local and regional authorities”, and said this showed “shortcomings in the [national] monitoring and maintenance policy".

In May 2018, transport minister Elisabeth Borne admitted that France had “bridges that were not all new”.

Now, senators are calling for €120 million to be invested by 2020 - up from the €45 million average invested in recent years - and for the creation of a new €1.3 billion local authority fund over the next 10 years (€130 million each year for 10 years).

The report has recommended that a wider assessment be carried out across all local bridges, and for renovation works to begin urgently on those found to be in a poor state.

Senators have also called for more unified “heritage management of bridges”, including an improved monitoring system for necessary works.

They also said that it would be necessary “for regional areas to offer engineering support to smaller areas”, and supported a plan that would bring together work management at an intercommunal or even departmental-wide level.
One thing you can say for the French, when civilization falls they have less far to fall than everyone else.

User avatar
OFSO
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 6866
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:39 pm
Location: The Peoples Republic of Islington
Gender:
Age: 75

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#68 Post by OFSO » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:00 pm

So I'm right to shudder inwardly driving over the gorge at Le Perthuis on the NII when entering France ! An old and high bridge, that.

User avatar
OFSO
Chief Pilot
Chief Pilot
Posts: 6866
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:39 pm
Location: The Peoples Republic of Islington
Gender:
Age: 75

Re: Bridge collapse near Genoa (IT)

#69 Post by OFSO » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:49 am

Seemingly dropping the bridge was a huge success. Fell just where intended and the clouds of cement dust and some asbestos were 85% confined. Well done !

Post Reply