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Work continues on the Ripa

Helicopter delivers materials

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There has been a scar that spoils Barga,  a deep gash in the arches of the Ripa, ruining that picture postcard view that has made it so famous around the world.

The arches dating back to the ’30s were built in order to contain the possible landslides of that ridge, on the top of which there is the Cathedral, which had shown its instability during the earthquake of 1920 due to it being built on heavy clay soil.

Four years ago in January 2014 during heavy rainstorms, three of those arches were brought down.

Back in April of this year, further erosion and yet more of the Ripa dropped down making the plans for renovations costing a million euro which were presented in the Comune in January  even more difficult to achieve.

In fact it was another four months before finally started work in earnest.

Since then workmen having been working to repair the damage and return the arches to their once pristine condition. 

This morning a helicopter was working delivering more materials.

Social media around Barga today is full of images of the helicopter in action.

 

 

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