Why No One Thought To Close Italys Crumbling Bridge


ROME/MILAN – People living under the Italian bridge that collapsed last week with the loss of 43 lives had known for years it was crumbling: pieces kept falling on their homes and cars.

A month earlier, residents met officials in charge of maintaining the bridge in Genoa to find out what was being done.

The 1.2km-long suspension bridge, part of a privately run motorway linking the port city with France, had been slowly eroding in the sea air for decades, requiring non-stop maintenance, but life had become intolerable for residents.

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