New bridge in Venice?
|The planned look of the future bridge Ponte dell'Accademia|
The bridge is also a fire hazard and lacks ramps for the disabled, the city claims, all of which will be put right by the planned, €6m (£5.25m) bridge, which will retain a similar form to the existing structure. But Lidia Fersuoch, the Venice representative of Italian conservation group Italia Nostra, said 78 years was enough to turn the existing bridge into a Venetian landmark. "The bridge now has its own dignity and should be restored," she said. "Venice risks losing a piece of its identity." Nerves in Venice are still frayed over the construction, against fierce opposition, of a distinctly modern glass and stone bridge by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava over the Grand Canal near the city's station. A recent study has shown the bridge moves slightly, while critics argue it is high-maintenance and a danger to tourists – some have twisted ankles slipping on the bridge's irregular steps.
|Santiago Calatrava – Ponte della Costituzione|