On the night when it came time to say goodbye to the worksite where they built Genoa’s new bridge, workman held their mobile phones aloft ready to snap a photo of a bronze plaque bearing their name. A concert by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Antonio Pappano, honored a procession of over 1,000 workers, technicians, engineers whose names were engraved on this bronze plaque to record all those who built the new bridge to replace the Morandi, which collapsed in August 2018 killing 43 people.
The plaque and the concert were tangible signs of appreciation for people who had worked day and night on the construction site during the last week to keep their promise and inaugurate Genoa’s new bridge on August 3. Seven days spent finishing up the last tasks: asphalt paving, signage, glass windbreaking panels, the opening of the motorway junctions. Seven days that started on Monday July 27, with a concert organized by Webuild Group to say goodbye to the bridge it built with Fincantieri before delivering it to the city of Genoa. Under the banner bearing the slogan #Iwasthere.