A section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa collapsed on August 14, 2018 during a torrential rainstorm, sending cars and trucks crashing into the dry riverbed below.
The new structure was put in place after construction 24 hours a day, even during the COVID-19[feminine[feminine pandemic.
Monday’s ceremony for the new San Giorgio Bridge began with the reading of the names of the dead.
“We are suspended between the sorrow” of the tragedy and the “pride of the construction of the new bridge,” its renowned architect, Renzo Piano, said in a speech at the ceremony.
The families of the victims have agreed to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella privately, but have announced that they are skipping the actual ceremony.
Families are unhappy that the company that maintained the old bridge has been operating the new structure for a while, despite poor maintenance being studied as a possible cause of the collapse.
Firefighters who worked to extract survivors and bodies from tons of twisted metal also boycotted the ceremony in solidarity with the families, according to Sky TG24.
Egle Possetti, who heads an association of the families of the victims of the bridge, said: “No one can return our dead to us.”
Ms Possetti, who lost a sister and other family members to the tragedy, said she hoped attention would remain focused on the ongoing criminal investigation into the collapse.
Mayor Marco Bucci also devoted a few words to those who lost loved ones in the collapse, saying: “Our message to them is very simple. It must never happen again. ”
Nine Italian Air Force jets flew in formation over the bridge to mark the inauguration, trailing smoke in the red, white and green colors of the country’s flag.
Prosecutors are investigating the causes of the Morandi Bridge collapse and whether adequate maintenance has been consistently performed.
Riccardo Morandi, the engineer who designed the bridge which was built in the 1960s, recommended continued maintenance of the structure due to the corrosive effect of the sea air in the port city and the pollution.
Traffic will begin on Wednesday across the new San Giorgio Bridge, named after St George, a popular saint in Genoa.