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The detonation, the roar and the collapse of 3 thousand cubic meters of rock: the tunnel on the Lumiei road blew up

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The detonation, the roar and the collapse of 3 thousand cubic meters of rock: the tunnel on the Lumiei road blew up

The tunnel along regional road 73 which was blown up yesterday by Fvg Strade technicians

The size of the crumbling part of the mountain is impressive: the passage used by those heading from Ampezzo to Sauris has been canceled

SAURIS. At 16.09 on Wednesday 25 May the natural tunnel, the historical part of the regional road 73, collapsed after the triggering of some detonations arranged by the technicians of Fvg Strade. The gelatin emulsion explosive arrived from Umbria in the morning, around 6.30, in Sauris and was subsequently inserted by the technicians in the holes prepared on Tuesday 24 May.

The rumble of the charges in the vertical gorges of the Lumiei ravine resounded and the sound of the rock that crumbled and collapsed under its weight.

Impressive proportions of the collapsed part of the mountain under which, since time immemorial, people traveling from Ampezzo to Sauris have passed in one direction or another.

The volume of rocky and inert material displaced by the explosion is quantified in about 3 thousand cubic meters. The charges have produced the desired effect and Fvg Strade, which manages the work, expresses satisfaction having found no surprises in the progress of the work. «The task of our company – explains the president of Fvg Strade Raffaele Fantelli – is to improve and make the region’s road infrastructures safer. The roads in the mountains, however, are more fragile and delicate and it is for this reason that the works, as well as those in progress on the Sr Ud 73, are increasingly difficult and complex than in other geographical areas.

Fvg Strade also in this case with a spirit of collaboration, and in support of the EDR, has maintained the commitment to carry out the work by coordinating all the subjects involved even though it no longer has direct competence on that stretch of road since the beginning of the year “.

On 26 May morning, the metal beams necessary for the construction of the bridge arrived and were positioned upstream of the tunnel before the explosion. In the next few days the boulders that made up the body of the tunnel will be removed in order to advance the work of laying the bridge and remaking the roadbed.

The 1,600,000 euro construction site allocated by the Regional Civil Protection under the heading Vaia interventions and started on Monday, will last until 30 July and during these two months, the Pura pass will be the alternative access route to Sauris. Disappointment of Legambiente Carnia and Fvg which denounce the disfigurement of a naturalistic and historical heritage and promise to express dissent.

Francesco Mazzolini

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