The first of the three longest central spans of a new viaduct over the Polcevera River in Genoa, Italy, has been raised more than 40 m by strand jacks, following the first eight spans, which started going up in October.

With a workforce peaking at 600 people, contractors at the site have worked round the clock since the start to expedite completion of the $220-million, 1,067-m-long steel and concrete structure to replace the viaduct that collapsed on Aug. 14, 2018, causing 43 deaths.

Fincantieri Infrastructure placed the 1,800-tonne, 94-m-long fabrication between pier top sections forming the 100-m span.

Meanwhile, Salini Impregilo, its equal partner in the PerGenova joint venture, completed the last of 18 concrete piers.