From South to North: Construction group Webuild’s 31 Italy Projects Transform Mobility Paradigm

From South to North: Construction group Webuild’s 31 Italy Projects Transform Mobility Paradigm

(IN BRIEF) Construction group Webuild is making significant strides in Italy’s infrastructure development, overseeing 31 major projects in collaboration with a network of 10,500 companies. With a dedicated workforce exceeding 16,300, these initiatives span the entire country, from North to South. Noteworthy is the allocation of approximately 9,500 employees to the North, while over 6,800 are contributing in the Centre and South, including the islands. This collective effort supports Italy’s sustainable mobility objectives, with some projects receiving backing from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) funding. Key projects include railway advancements in Sicily and Naples, the expansion of the Rome Metro, and improvements to Milan’s Metro Line 4. Webuild’s innovative “Transparent Construction Sites” initiative provides real-time insights into various construction projects, fostering community engagement and transparency.

(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, 8-Aug-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Webuild‘s extensive construction initiatives in Italy are steadfastly moving forward this August. The momentum remains strong across the North, Central regions, South, and the Islands, encompassing the 31 significant projects undertaken by Webuild in partnership with an expansive supply chain of 10,500 companies. This combined effort involves a workforce exceeding 16,300 employees exclusively in Italy, encompassing both direct personnel and third-party associates. Notably, approximately 9,500 personnel are concentrated in the North, while over 6,800 are based in the Central and Southern regions, including the islands. This collective commitment emphasizes the expedient construction of crucial infrastructure, working hand in hand with the entire supply chain and the dedicated individuals engaged in these endeavors. These projects play a pivotal role in some of Italy’s most significant sustainable mobility advancements, with support from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) funding.

Southern Progress

In the southern region, Sicily specifically, significant advancements are observed across all seven sections of the Palermo-Catania-Messina railway project. This ambitious endeavor, executed alongside around 800 companies, is making substantial progress. Noteworthy achievements include the Taormina-Giampilieri and Fiumefreddo-Taormina/Letojanni sections of the Messina-Catania line, where activities encompass ordnance clearance, tunnel entry and viaduct construction. Notably, preparations are underway for the scheduled arrival in September of the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), responsible for excavating the Sciglio Tunnel.

Furthermore, the Naples-Bari high-speed, high-capacity railway project in the southern region continues to advance. The Apice-Hirpinia section, situated in the Avellino province, remains on schedule. Current operations are focused on the excavation of the Grottaminarda Tunnel via the TBM. This tunnel, spanning 1,990 meters, is one of three to traverse the Apennines, with the TBM’s impressive 12-meter diameter cutting head facilitating an average daily excavation progress of 15 meters towards Apice. Completion is anticipated by early 2024.

Central Developments

Central Italy is marked by ongoing activity on the Line C of the Rome Metro construction sites. Notable highlights encompass the rerouting of underground services for the Stazione Venezia areas, which commenced in June. Simultaneously, progress is evident on the T3 section, connecting San Giovanni to Colosseo/Fori Imperiali, including advancements at the Porta Metronia and Colosseo/Fori Imperiali stations.

Northern Advancements

In the north, Line 4 of the Milan Metro stands as a beacon of progress, with operations active at all 13 stations along the route from the city center, past San Babila, to San Cristoforo Station in the west. Focused work includes finalizing activities at three central stations—Santa Sofia, Vetra, and Sant’Ambrogio—along with illuminating the tunnel sections.

Also in the north, work intensifies at the Terzo Valico dei Giovi-Genoa Junction construction sites, where excavations are in full swing. A pivotal phase is the upcoming reactivation of the Facchini Tunnel in early August. This tunnel, the first of its kind from the north, plays a crucial role in accommodating trains carrying state-of-the-art containers from the Port of Genoa. Additionally, the underwater construction site of the New Genoa Breakwater witnesses ongoing seabed consolidation and ordnance clearance, utilizing a cutting-edge saturation diving system—a pioneering approach in Italy.

Simultaneously, the “Transparent Construction Sites” initiative () showcases Webuild’s pioneering communication efforts with local communities on ongoing infrastructure projects. This groundbreaking project leverages 30 live webcams, granting real-time access to construction sites such as the Terzo Valico dei Giovi-Genoa Junction, Milan’s Metro 4, Rome Metro’s Line C, the Verona-Padova high-speed/high-capacity line, and the Bicocca-Catenanuova railway line. Moreover, plans are underway to activate additional webcams, extending coverage to the high-capacity construction sites of Messina-Catania and the high-speed sites of Naples-Bari in the near future.

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