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Ticino bridge


The first design was presented in 1864 and was for a stone bridge with five arches. In 1865 the idea was dropped in favour of one made of metal girders. Work was begun in 1882 and finished in 1887. The bridge was then destroyed during the Second World War by Allied bombing and was rebuilt in 1952. The present bridge is 145 metres long and has three iron spans resting on two supports shoulders on the shore and two piles on the canal bed. It has two levels, the lower one for road traffic (ss 341), and the upper one for the railway (Ferrovie Nord Milano). To the east of the bridge on the Lombardy shore the foundation has been found of one of the supports for a pons sublicious (wooden pile bridge) built around the year 1000 on the road Mediolanum-Novaria (Milan-Novara) and Comum-Sibrium-Novaria (Como-Castelseprio-Novara). The bridge was destroyed in 1275 and was never rebuilt. To cross the river a “porto natante” was used (a ferryboat anchored to a cable that moved from one bank to the other using the force of the current).