Can America Learn From Italy’s Bridge Tragedy?
The cause of Tuesday’s failure in Genoa, Italy, where a portion of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over railway tracks, killing 39 people, remains unclear. But no matter what investigators find, the disaster should alert the public and policymakers to aging infrastructure elsewhere. That’s especially critical in the U.S., where more than 9 percent of bridges are deemed structurally deficient and 40 percent are as old Genoa’s doomed cable-stayed bridge. While these impressive structures are vital links in any country, maintaining them is a long-term challenge that requires both foresight and funding.