On 14 August 2018, the Polcevera Bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed, sending twenty-seven vehicles plummeting to the valley below. Forty-three people died. This film investigates what caused the bridge to fail so catastrophically and asks if other bridges are at risk.
The Polcevera Bridge was built in the 1960’s a period when the world experienced a highway construction boom. Much of America’s Interstate highway network was built at this time. Its bridges are also growing old. With 47,000 bridges across the United States certified as structurally deficient, are our bridges safe?