The Piacenza bridge, 40 miles south of Milan. Since 1949 this steel and concrete bridge has connected the cities of Piacenza and Lodi, spanning a remarkable 3300 feet across the Po River. But in 2009, a dangerous flood causes the Po’s water level to rise more than 20 feet. On April 30th, disaster strikes: The northern end of the bridge collapses, taking with it four vehicles.
The bridge has now become the latest challenge for a team of Italian deconstruction experts. With a radical plan, state of the art machinery, and a recycling mandate of 90 per cent, Despe Demolizioni Speciali will have just 90 days to break this bridge down to make room for a new one. It won’t be easy… the are battling against raging weather and rising river levels. And, on top of it all, the bridge is unstable. To take down this bridge, they’ll need to operate from land… and water. It’s a race against time, on a demolition job where every cut could lead to a disaster.