FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 file photo cars are blocked on the Morandi highway bridge after a section of it collapsed, in Genoa, northern Italy. A large section of the bridge collapsed over an industrial area in the Italian city of Genova during a sudden and violent storm, leaving vehicles crushed in rubble below. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Genoa announces $220M project to replace collapsed bridge

December 18, 2018 - 10:26 am

MILAN (AP) — Genoa's mayor has announced that a 200 million euro ($220 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people.

Mayor Marco Bucci announced Tuesday that the project will be carried out by three Italian firms, construction company Salini-Impregilo, state-run shipbuilder Fincantieri and the Italferr state railway subsidiary, charged with engineering.

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

Piano's project incorporates weight-bearing columns that 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. Piano will also be the project's technical supervisor.