A time comes when road planning and building has to be better controlled – the impact that this one bridge in Italy has had on local people even before its collapse (whatever the reasons) is quite unbelievable. Look at the pictures on RTÉ here…
Engineers and planners have to take more responsibility over road design and even that is apparently not the case even today when one looks at the awful proposed routes for the Nairn bypass and lack of concern for local road users. Local people simply don’t count as far as engineers and planners are concerned – build roads regardless of the cost, environmentally and socially. Roads need a great deal of careful environmental evaluation, particularly major trunk routes through densely populated urban areas, particularly where they impact on ordinary people.
Maastricht and the Limburg Region of the Netherlands, at least, recognised and managed a totally unacceptable situation with the A2 (E25) which divided the eastern segment of the city from the rest for years with this solution: https://tunneltalk.com/Netherlands-Jun12-Maastricht-double-deck-tunnel.php
Since its completion, the city of Maastricht has been transformed. Will the Italians, for the sake of the local people, be prepared to come up with such a forward-looking and innovative solution to that awful bridge?