BESIX and Donati win large-scale Italian road infrastructure contract


Anas, the company managing the Italian national road network, has awarded the State Road 318 Valfabbrica contract to a joint venture called Valfabbrica 2020, comprising Donati and BESIX.

The contract, worth over €80m (US$95m), involves doubling State Road 318 over a distance of 3.1km (1.9 miles) in the municipality of Valfabbrica, in the province of Perugia (Umbria). This stretch of road includes the Picchiarella and Casa Castalda tunnels, with lengths of 874m and 1,545m respectively, as well as the Tre Vescovi viaduct and the Calvario bridge.

The project will improve the connection and traffic flow between the cities of Perugia and Ancona. The existing road connecting the two cities will remain in service for the duration of the work.

The construction, organised in seven successive phases, will take 42 months.

The project is the subject of a thorough environmental plan, which will be supervised throughout the duration of the work. The plan includes limiting noise and dust, and reducing earth movements and truck traffic.

The entire infrastructure will be supplied to the client, Anas, in the form of a BIM model, facilitating its long-term operation and maintenance.

“BESIX Group is particularly pleased to return to Italy, where we have already built several road projects in the course of our history, particularly in Lombardy and Sardinia,” says Jan Van Steirteghem, general manager Europe of BESIX Group. “We also have a long-standing and excellent relationship with our partner Donati, with whom we are looking forward to carrying out this project. Together we will deliver first-class infrastructure to our client, Anas, and to the users of State Road 318.”

“The Italian infrastructure sector is a key economic driver for the country, and it has gained even more importance as the economy tries to recover from the ongoing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” says Angelica Donati, head of business development for Donati. “Together with our long-standing partner BESIX Group, we look forward to delivering this strategic infrastructure project which will help greatly improve road connectivity in central Italy.”

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