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From Saturday afternoon the new section of the A1 motorway between the Barberino del Mugello and Calenzano toll booths heading south will be open to traffic. The A1, known as the Autostrada del Sole, is one of the main Italian highways: it connects Milan and Naples via Bologna, Florence and Rome.
The new section was inaugurated on Friday: two viaducts and two three-lane tunnels were built for a total of 17.5 kilometers which will reduce travel times by about 30 percent in one of the busiest motorway sections in Italy. Italy. The data collected by the traffic control systems show that, at peak times, an average of 100 vehicles per minute pass between Barberino del Mugello and Firenze Nord. According to the designers’ estimates, the new road will be able to save 1.5 million hours every year for motorists and truckers who travel it and it is estimated that the reduction of queues will reduce CO2 emissions by two thousand tons per year. ‘year. Those moving north will continue to follow the old route, which will be widened from two to four lanes and will be repaired in the coming years by Autostrade per l’Italia.
The new section is considered the natural continuation of the 32 kilometer long pass variant, inaugurated in December 2015, which since then has made it possible to bypass the normal route between Sasso Marconi, near Bologna, and Barberino di Mugello, in the province of Florence. since the early years of the A1 (which was inaugurated in 1964) considered a “cork”, that is, a point with frequent bottling.
Autostrade per l’Italia’s managing director Roberto Tomasi said that the Santa Lucia tunnel boasts a record in Europe: at 7.5 kilometers, it is the longest on the European continent when considering the three-lane tunnels. The project for the new section is part of an overall development plan for the Tuscan section of the Autostrada del Sole, 120 kilometers long, between the Barberino del Mugello and Valdarno junctions. The total investment was 1 billion dolars.