New south lane of Bari bypass open to traffic, creating space for new railway
The new south lane of the Bari Bypass, spanning 1.4 kilometres and featuring three lanes, has been officially opened to traffic. This project will make room for the construction of a new railway. The comprehensive investment for this infrastructure upgrade amounts to 33 million euros.
The newly opened south lane, leading towards Brindisi along the SS 16, saw the efforts of the Infrastructure Division of the FS Group as technicians worked from 22:00 on 15 January 2024, until dawn. The team successfully redirected traffic from the southbound lane and activated the first two lanes of the new carriageway. Ongoing work at the Brindisi and Foggia junctions will facilitate the opening of the third lane, scheduled for traffic between Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21.
“This initiative marks a significant stride in the new infrastructural layout of South Bari, anticipating the upcoming railway construction. The road project is part of RFI’s ongoing efforts to enhance the railway system while concurrently improving road functionality, yielding mobility benefits for the entire capital,” stated Gianpiero Strisciuglio, CEO and General Manager of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana.
The implementation of the “ANAS variation,” a preliminary operation for the Bari South railway variation between Bari Centrale and Bari Torre a Mare, falls within the ambit of the national strategic infrastructure outline. It became imperative to address the interference of the future railway route with the Bari Bypass and Via San Giorgio La Pira.
The interference was resolved through the elevation of the roadbed for a stretch of approximately 1.4 kilometres. To maintain the existing road infrastructure, reinforced concrete retaining walls were incorporated to support the embankment. The initial phase of the variation project involved establishing provisional roads for the temporary diversion of traffic, and facilitating the construction of the final roadway.