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Venice court postpones case against architect Calatrava

Spaniard’s bridge cost 11.2 million euros to build after cost overruns

The Ponte della Costituzione during a rainy day.
The Ponte della Costituzione during a rainy day. © Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis

A Venice court has postponed until next year the case against Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava relating to cost overruns of four million euros on a project to build a bridge in the Italian city.

The city’s court of auditors chose to delay the case until November 13, 2014 after upholding a complaint filed by the Valencian architect’s lawyers saying their client had not been notified of the opening of the proceedings against him within the requisite time period, judicial sources told newswire Efe.

The Ponte della Costituzione, which was inaugurated in 2008 after years of delays, has been surrounded by controversy from the outset. Initially budgeted at 3.8 million euros, it eventually ended up costing 11.2 million.

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