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Italy blows up remains of collapsed Genoa bridge

The two remaining towers from the Genoa bridge collapse that killed 43 people in August 2018 have been demolished. The Italian government said a new bridge would be ready in April 2020.

The remnants of Genoa's Morandi motorway bridge that collapsed nearly a year ago were demolished on Friday to make way for a new bridge, Italian authorities said.

The bridge collapsed amid bad weather on August 14, 2018, killing 43 people.

The remains of the 4,500-ton Morandi bridge were detonated at 9:37 a.m. (0737 UTC) and took just seven seconds to collapse in a cloud of dust, city authorities said.

Morandi bridge in Genoa being demolished (AFP/V. Pinto)

The bridge's deck lies in rubble after being blown up on Friday

Nearly 4,000 residents were evacuated ahead of the demolition and water tanks were placed around the towers to prevent the spread of dust. Some 400 security forces personnel were also deployed to the area.

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Genoa after the bridge collapse

The dismantling of the bridge's remains started in February. With the demolition over, officials are now waiting for the arrival of a ship transporting the first parts for the new bridge. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

The Italian government has promised that the new steel and concrete motorway bridge, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will be open for use in April 2020.

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