October 4, 2018 / 6:01 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-Atlantia unit Autostrade will not rebuild Genoa bridge - commissioner

(Releads with commissioner’s quotes)

GENOA/MILAN, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Autostrade per l’Italia, a unit of Italian infrastructure group Atlantia, will not rebuild the Genoa bridge that collapsed two months ago, a newly chosen commissioner for the reconstruction said.

Following weeks of political jostling over the appointment, Italy’s government on Thursday selected Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci as special commissioner to oversee the reconstruction of the Morandi bridge.

Bucci said the new viaduct would be finished in 12-16 months and added that only companies not involved in the management of motorways could take part in the project, as was already hinted at in a decree recently issued by the government.

The collapse of the viaduct operated by a unit of Autostrade killed 43 people on Aug. 14 and severed the city’s biggest road artery, delaying traffic to and from Genoa’s busy port. (Reporting by Paola Balsomini in Genoa and Francesca Landini in Milan; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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