Engineers spent hours Saturday lowering a 36-meter (118-foot) long chunk of road, the start of demolition efforts to clear the way for a new bridge to be built. The delicate, time-consuming operation was necessary given the unstable remains of the bridge that crosses a populated area.
The cause of the Aug. 14 collapse still hasn’t been determined, but prosecutors are investigating poor maintenance or design flaws in the 51-year-old structure.
Hometown architect Renzo Piano has designed a new bridge that resembles the bow of a ship, in homage to Genoa’s seafaring traditions. It also features 43 lamps to commemorate those who died.