Inauguration of the three-lane section of the
A1 between Barberino and Firenze Nord
Technology, Innovation, Sustainability: A major project for the mobility of the future.
With its 17.5 km, the new three-lane southbound section between Barberino di Mugello and Firenze Nord is the natural continuation of the Direttissima Variante di Valico. It is a strategically important project for linking Northern and Southern Italy, a unique work in terms of engineering, construction and technology. A leading laboratory in terms of technical and construction skills, paving the way for the mobility of the future.
The new infrastructure upgrades one of the country's busiest junctions, the one between Bologna and Florence, increasing overall capacity from 4 to 7 lanes. It will save 1.5 million hours per year, reduce travel time by 30% and cut CO2 emissions by -2,000 tonnes per year.
The new section includes 10 km of tunnels, more than half of the route, including 7.750 km of the Santa Lucia, the longest three-lane tunnel ever built in Europe, equipped with advanced high-tech systems and excavated with the aid of the largest TBM ever used in the Old Continent.
With an investment of EUR 1 billion, the project is part of Autostrade per l'Italia's broader infrastructure development and investment programme worth a total of EUR 21.5 billion, 6 billion of which are dedicated to mobility in Tuscany, for a total extension of 120 km.
The programme is part of the Group's extensive Strategic Transformation Plan, which focuses on sustainability, integrated mobility management and the digitisation of infrastructure for a safer and more innovative network.