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Santiago Calatrava's Venice bridge 'not fully functional'

Santiago Calatrava’s troubled Constitution Bridge has hit further controversy with the release of a damning report by the city’s office of public works, according to The Telegraph

The report, published on Friday, revealed the bridge ‘is not fully functional’ and listed a number of ‘safety concerns’ with the recommendation that they be monitored carefully.

Called the ‘passageway of light’ by Calatrava, the bridge was opened in 2008, four years behind schedule and, as the AJ reported in August 2008, was 300 per cent over budget according to local councillor Raffaelle Speranzon.

In September 2008, tourists complained of twisted ankles and other minor injuries because they had lost their footing crossing the bridge.

The Spanish architect has built more than 40 bridges in 17 countries, including the Trinity Bridge in Manchester.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Oh please! A few tourists twisted their ankles? I have been living in Venice for some time now, and I can quite honestly say that out of the many bridges I cross on a daily basis, Calatrava's bridge has to be the safest and by far the easiest. I bet the tourists fail to mention the inpractical footware and 50kg bag they were carrying at the time! Anything that is anyway contemporary or modern is always going to get a hard time in Venice...

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  • In response to the smug 'resident' responsible for the previous post, I feel I must protest.
    The reason for twisted ankles, of tourists and locals alike is due to the fact that a basic rule of deign has been broken.
    A staircase must have identical steps and risers, this is funamental, otherwise each individual step must be contemplated as a separate entity. This rule has been corrupted by Calatrava. Equal sized steps cannot be squeezed onto a parabolic arch. Obviously Venice has very lax health and safety legislation

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