Renzi asked to relaunch Sicily Strait bridge construction

Salini willing to renounce penalties to restart project

(ANSA) - Milan, September 19 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi may consider restarting the stalled construction of a suspension bridge linking Sicily to the Italian mainland, Salini Impregilo CEO Pietro Salini said Friday.
    "I wish and hope that Renzi will reopen the dossier" of the long-planned bridge across the Messina Straits, Salini said.
    Salini said he discussed the possibility with the premier and informed him that Salini Impregilo engineering concern is willing to renounce the penalty compensation it is due in theory for state delays in implementing the contract to build the bridge.
    Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged to build the bridge to end Sicily's isolation but the project was scrapped by Mario Monti's technocrat government in 2012.


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