Salini Impregilo, Astaldi resume work on new M4 metro line in Milan

WCN Editorial Team 9 Apr 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Italian construction companies Salini Impregilo and Astaldi announced that they have resumed their work on the new M4 metro line in Milan.

The Municipality of Milan and M4 company along with other operators involved in the project have introduced all the necessary measures to protect the health of their personnel from COVID-19 infection, as they proceed with the work.

Some of the safety measures adopted by the companies include checking the body temperature of every worker at the start of the day, at lunchtime, the use of masks, the distribution of hand sanitizers and disinfectant gel dispensers, enforcing the safe distance rule, cleaning and disinfection of work sites, dorms and common areas, etc.

The number of people who can travel in the same vehicle to and from the site has also been decreased to reduce the risk of disease spread.

These are some of the measures that have been adopted by Salini Impregilo, not only in Milan but also across other sites elsewhere in the world.

The project is being undertaken as a public-private partnership in which the city and a group of private investors led by Salini Impregilo are shareholders.

Last month, the work on the M4 metro line was interrupted due to the lockdown announced in the Lombardy region to control the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Other measures are still in force such as presidential decree that allows for infrastructure work such as the construction of M4 on the condition that procedures, checks, protective gear are enforced to protect the health of workers and prevent the spread of the contagion.

Work has started on all the three sections of the metro line including east, west and central. Preparations are on to begin excavating with large tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) by next week, Salini said.

Presently, about 200 workers, employees and managers have resumed their work to bring the new metro line in the shortest time possible.

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Image: A tunnel boring machine at work on the M4 line. (Credit: M4 S.p.A.)

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