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Reconstruction of Italian bridge symbol of "revival" for government

19 February 2019

Heavy machinery began winching down a huge slab of concrete in the northern Italian city of Genoa on Friday to clear the way for a new bridge to be built after the old one collapsed six months ago, killing 43 people. The country's populist government has made the reconstruction of the roadway a priority.

Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said at a ceremony marking the start of the demolition that the project would be "the image of Italy's revival". Italy sank into its third recession in a decade in the second half of last year. The reconstruction process, which is expected to cost as much as 230 million euros, may provide a welcome economic boost.