New Bridge – level 3

10-08-2020 07:00

Italy has opened a new bridge in Genoa two years after the tragic collapse of Ponte Morandi that killed 43 people. The previous bridge collapsed suddenly in August 2018.

The new structure was erected thanks to round-the-clock construction, which continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new bridge is made of steel and concrete, it measures 0.67 miles, and it is supported by 18 pillars. What remained of the old bridge was demolished nearly a year after the collapse to make room for the new structure.

During the official ceremony the Italian Prime Minister said that it was not easy to get into a celebratory mood with the pain caused by the tragedy still in place. According to the architect of the bridge, the structure is made to last 1,000 years.

Difficult words: erect (to raise something into a vertical position), round-the-clock (continuously throughout the day and night), pillar (a tall structure that is made to support a part of a building).

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