Italy bridge collapse prompts checks on Swiss infrastructure
Following the catastrophic bridge collapse in Italy, the Swiss Federal Roads Office says in general the state of the country’s infrastructure is very good – but does say there are about 40 bridges in the country which are in a ‘critical condition’.
The number is less than 1% of the total amount.
There are 45,000 bridges in the country. Most were built in the 1960s and 70s.
The head of the roads office, Jürg Röthlisberger, says the state of the road network is generally good. But a report in yesterday’s NZZ newspaper quotes experts who say maintenance costs could possibly quadruple over the next 30 years.