A14: ASPI, THE NEW TECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS ON THE CERRANO VIADUCT HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED. A NEW MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTASPI, THE NEW TECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS ON THE CERRANO VIADUCT HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED. A NEW MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
Rome, 8 January 2020 – With regard to press reports on the rejection of three applications for release submitted by Autostrade per l'Italia to the Avellino Judicial Authority, the following is hereby clarified:
- The first instance concerned the removal of the transit restriction for heavy goods vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes on the Cerrano viaduct, in the province of Teramo, which causes most of the traffic jams recorded in recent days on the A14. According to all the technical analyses carried out so far by ASPI and qualified external companies, this limitation can indeed be overcome. To this end, a new meeting will be held tomorrow between the technicians of ASPI's National Branch of Pescara and those of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to share the outcome of the further investigations carried out in recent days: in particular, the Istituto Italiano della Saldatura institute is completing the testing of the hinges of the infrastructure, while a pool of experts from La Sapienza University has carried out further checks on the foundations. The foundations are also constantly monitored by sensors, which in the last year have not detected any movement in relation to landslides in the surrounding area.
- The other two instances contained technical proposals to set up the sites on the A14 necessary for the work to replace the side barriers, reducing as much as possible the impact on the road network, with equal safety for drivers and workers. The company will immediately involve the technical offices of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in order to identify further technical solutions for the construction sites, in full compliance with the time schedule of the works.
- On the other hand, with regard to the alleged irregularities in the type of barriers used by ASPI to delimit the site areas on the Petronilla viaduct of the A14 motorway, the company would like to state that it has already formally clarified to the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport that the identifier on the installed barriers is exactly the same as that indicated in the requirements.
Autostrade per l'Italia will continue to do everything in its power on a technical, organisational and economic level to mitigate the difficulties of users and territories, providing timely updates on the evolution of the situation. The company is currently in talks with the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to evaluate a new request for release from seizure.