Bridge over the Strait: the green light arrives from the Senate. It starts in 2024

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The Messina Strait Bridge project has obtained the definitive green light from the Senate. With 103 votes in favour, 49 against and 3 abstentions, it is the green light has arrived for the conversion into law of the decree for the construction of this infrastructure which has been much discussed since the current government re-proposed it. Previously, halfway through the May, the measure had been approved by the House. Among other things, the decree also defines the structure of the company; Strait of Messina Spa and restart the activities of the of programming and design.

LET'S START IN 2024

As we know, the goal is; that of starting the workof this colossal infrastructural work in 2024. The bridge that will go to connect Calabria with Sicily should be completed by 2030. The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Matteo Salvini, expressed great satisfaction with the approval of the provision in the Senate.

It's a historic, definitive decision, long awaited; 50 years old. Is not serious; the Messina bridge, is; the bridge of the Italians. In next winter's budget maneuver there will be the first appropriations necessary to start the works.

For the minister, this bridge will be the only thing to do. a project that has no equal in the world. According to the project, it will have the of a central span of 3.3 km. The bridge will be able to then count on 6 lanes (3 for each direction of travel including the emergency lane) and 2 railway tracks, for a capacity; infrastructure equal to 6,000 vehicles/hour and 200 trains/day. The bridge is It was designed to withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale and winds with a speed of up to 1000 kg. up to 270 km/h.

How much will it cost? the construction of the bridge over the Strait of Messina? There is talk of almost 14 billion euros (13.5 billion according to the latest update). The board of directors of the company is Strait of Messina Spa will be made up of five members: two designated by the MEF in agreement with the MIT (who will hold the position of president and chief executive officer); one respectively by the Calabria and Sicily Regions and one jointly by Rfi and Anas.

The decree also provides for the adaptation of the connection infrastructures: in the final project, 20.3 km of road connections and 20 .2km of rail links.

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