Italy

Handover of world‘s largest EPB shield machine for Italy‘s A1 autostrada

EPB shield S-574 for upgrading of the autostrada (motorway) route between Italy‘s cities of Bologna and Florence successfully passed its acceptance inspection by the Italian client at the Herrenknecht works in Schwanau, Germany, in mid-December, 2010. This giant, with a cutting diameter of 15.62 m, is currently the largest tunnel-boring machine (TBM) built anywhere in the world. In the next few weeks, it is to be partly dismantled and then shipped to its operating site in Italy.

A heavily used section of Italy‘s Autostrada A1 between Bologna and Florence is currently being widened. This...

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