Experts demolished the remains of the Morandi bridge in the Italian city of Genoa, almost a year after it partially collapsed.
For this demolition, a security plan was launched, in which nearly 400 law enforcement agents participated.
Authorities blocked adjacent roads and evacuated 3,500 people. They will be able to return to their homes when the levels of dust in the air and the presence of the asbestos that contained the bridge cement are checked.
In order to prevent the spread of these particles for hours, firefighters threw water in the direction of the bridge.
The mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, attended the demolition. This assured that the demolition was a success because it was carried out in the urban center.
He also said that now the real reconstruction will begin, which is expected to end in the spring of 2020.
A consortium formed by the Italian companies Salini Impregilo, Fincantieri and Italferr will build the new bridge with the design of architect Renzo Piano.
The new viaduct will cost 202 million euros and includes a steel roof 1,100 meters long, with 19 separate elliptical pillars at a distance of 50 meters.
43 people died when a part of the structure collapsed in August of last year, causing the fall to the vacuum of cars and trucks.