Fears for Venezuelan ‘twin’ of collapsed Italian viaduct after a fireplace broke out on it simply final week

The Italian bridge collapse has sparked fears for the security of a ‘twin’ construction in Venezuela which suffered a fireplace simply days earlier than the Genoa catastrophe.

The five-mile-long Normal Rafael Urdaneta Bridge hyperlinks the nation’s second metropolis Maracaibo with the remainder of Venezuela and was designed by Riccardo Morandi, whose viaduct in Italy collapsed on Tuesday.

A hearth final Friday destroyed an electrical energy transformer, forcing the closure of the Urdaneta bridge and leaving thousands and thousands with out energy for a number of days, whereas consultants say the weighing system has not labored for years. 

The Venezuelan crossing has already suffered one deadly accident, simply two years after its completion in 1962, when an oil tanker struck the bridge in a collision which killed seven individuals.

The General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge in Venezuela (pictured this week) was designed by the same Italian engineer responsible for the Genoa viaduct which collapsed on Tuesday 

The General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge in Venezuela (pictured this week) was designed by the same Italian engineer responsible for the Genoa viaduct which collapsed on Tuesday 

The Normal Rafael Urdaneta Bridge in Venezuela (pictured this week) was designed by the identical Italian engineer chargeable for the Genoa viaduct which collapsed on Tuesday 

The expertise of pre-stressed strengthened concrete used within the bridges’ development was the hallmark of its Italian engineer Morandi, who died in 1989.

Dubbed patent ‘Morandi M5’, he had used the expertise for different works, together with a wing of the Verona Enviornment in 1953.  

The Venezuelan bridge was accomplished 5 years earlier than the Genoa construction named after him, which broke aside this week killing 38 individuals.  

Marcelo Monot, former director of a personal engineering firm within the surrounding state of Zulia, stated no upkeep had been carried out on the Venezuelan viaduct’s reinforced-concrete piers for greater than 20 years.

‘The weighing system has not labored for years, so it’s not calculating the load of the cargo automobiles, which represents a danger,’ he stated.

Specialists from the College of Zulia, in addition to engineering and development specialists, are making ready a report on the situation of the bridge.

The stays of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, after it collapsed this week inflicting 38 deaths. Its designer patented expertise which he additionally used on the Venezuelan crossing 

‘We won’t concern any irresponsible analysis … or fall into sensationalism,’ Enrique Ferrer, president of the Chamber of Building, advised AFP. 

He stated the report would search to ‘calm the inhabitants’ concerning the 56-year-old viaduct’s situation.

Venezuelans have lengthy been involved concerning the nation’s crumbling infrastructure after a stoop in oil-prices coupled with corruption and mismanagement introduced the financial system to a standstill, inflicting power meals and medication shortages.

The Maracaibo bridge, inaugurated in 1962, remained closed between Friday and Monday and was solely partially re-opened by Wednesday.

The incident heightened considerations over the structural integrity of the bridge and left the encircling Maracaibo and San Francisco areas, residence to 4 million individuals, with out energy for a number of days.

The federal government claimed the fireplace was attributable to sabotage, a recurrent clarification provided for the repeated failures of an electrical energy grid ravaged by lack of upkeep and spare elements.    

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