Italy condemns Santiago Calavera for the extra cost of its bridge in Venice

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The Spanish architect will have to pay a fine of 78,000 euros. The budget of the work, opened in 2008, went from 7 to 11.6 million euros

Santiago Calatrava bridge in Venice.
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The architect Santiago Calatrava has been condemned by the Court of Auditors of Venice, to turn off 78,000 euros for "fiscal damages" by increasing the construction costs of the Constitution Bridge on the Grand Canal of Venice.

The sanction takes into account the final cost of the bridge – a total of 11.6 million euros in front of 7 million budgeted- and considers that there was a "gross negligence"in the initial estimation of costs, according to Italian media.

Among these over costs, there are those that affect the size of some pipes or the calculation of the wear times of the glass steps. In this case, it was expected to last at least 20 years, but since its inauguration had to resort to "expensive replacements and patches"that still continue today.

The sentence adds that negligence is "even more serious and worthy of being stigmatized because comes from a renowned world-renowned professional of very high competition, with a long and proven experience in the construction of bridges ".

Cost overrun offense

In 2015 the Venetian Court of Accounts had acquitted the architect of an assumption cost overrun of the bridge. But the court has finally condemned the architect on appeal, after his first degree acquittal, to pay 78,000 euros to the public treasury of Venice for the cost of his controversial bridge, opened in 2008, because of a series of errors in his draft. Together with him the engineer from Venice has also been sentenced to pay 11,000 euros, Salvatore Vento.

The Constitution Bridge was built to link the railway station of Santa Luca with the Rome Square, where vehicles that arrive in the city are parked by their only land. This infrastructure from the beginning was involved in problems, delays and controversies and has required several changes or the introduction of elements to improve its accessibility to people in wheelchairs.

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