Milan's Bussa flyover to be a pedestrian garden

Similar to New York’s High Line
 
The virtually abandoned Bussa flyover in Milan’s Isola district is to have a new lease of life as a pedestrian area. Where there is now little more than a car-park, in future a garden, a sports field, a small outdoor concert arena and a copse of trees will give back to the residents an area for relaxation and recreation.
 
Built in 1961, the flyover links Corso Como to the Isola zone, soaring over the rail tracks near Porta Garibaldi station to connect Via Quadrio and Via D’Azeglio to Via Pepe.  It was dedicated to Don Eugenio Bussa, a local priest whose protection of Jewish children during the German occupation earned him the title of “Righteous among the Nations” from the government of Israel.
 
Some 240 mt long by 35 wide, the flyover has been redesigned, inspired by New York’s High Line project, by the entrants in a public competition won by the architecture studio Rfuchaer.  The cost of the renovation – some €9 million – will be covered by the adjustment in cost of other urbanisation projects in the same area, so that it will cost the rates-payer nothing more.
 
Announcing the winner of the competition, deputy mayor Ada Lucia De Cesaris said local residents had asked for an area of social activity and open green spaces, and all these elements had been respected.
 
No date has been set for the start of the renovation, but De Cesaris said it should be within the mandate of the current city administration.