The Court of Accounts of Venice has condemned the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to pay almost 78,000 euros for a series of errors that made the construction of the Bridge of the Constitution of the city of canals more expensive, inaugurated in 2008.
Together with the Valencian architect, he has been also sentenced to pay 10,989.73 euros the engineer from Venice, Salvatore Vento. Both must also face the costs of the process, which amount to 72.67.81 euros.
The sentence, to which the Efe Agency has had access and which is dated August 6, indicates that the work finally cost 11.6 million euros compared to the 7 million initially planned.
The mistakes in the Calatrava project, the judges write, they constitute a "gross negligence", as they resulted in the cost of the project, which has had to be modified several times since its inauguration. This is "even more serious" because the work was assigned to an "esteemed professional of world-wide reputation and of very high competence, with a long and proven experience in the construction of bridges", reads.
The Constitution Bridge was built to link the Santa Lucia railway station with the Plaza Roma, where vehicles that arrive in the city are parked by their only land route.