Italian Engineer Warned of Genoa Bridge Collapse 40 Years Ago

A 2011 report also predicted a major collapse due to "intense decay."

The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed 43 people warned of the risk of corrosion four decades ago, it has emerged.

Riccardo Morandi wrote a report in 1979 recommending constant maintenance of the structure to remove all traces of rust and fill in exposed patches on the reinforcements.

The report, produced 12 years after the bridge bearing his name was opened, referred to a “well-known loss of superficial chemical resistance of the concrete” because of sea air and pollution from a nearby steel plant. Continue reading at The Independent.

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