Roads & Motorways

Cispadana regional motorway

Stretch from the Reggiolo Rolo toll gate (A22) to the Ferrara South toll gate (A13)
Owner/client Condotte S.p.A. - Astaldi S.p.A.
Type of service Preliminary Design for Project Finance; Prefeasibility Environmental Assessment
Location Emilia Romagna region
Period 2006 - 2007
Cost €

The new Cispadana Regional Motorway is about 63 km long and connects the A22 'Brenner' motorway at Reggiolo to the A13 "Bologna-Padua" motorway near the current Ferrara South junction. It is an alternative to the Modena-Bologna stretch of the A1 motorway.

The route singled out runs almost entirely along the corridor laid down by the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government during the Cispadano route planning and design project according to CNR standard IV. It runs about 30 - 40 km north of the A1 motorway.

When formulating the proposed design, a feasibility study was carried out on the basis of the route proposed in the contract, which led to some optimization.


The in-depth studies were aimed in particular at the following areas:

1) Optimization of soil consumption, inspection of the geometry and operational characteristics of the interconnections and location of further intermediate junctions;

2) Limitation of effects on areas of particular natural value;

3) Containment and abatement of potential impact.

A transport study was carried out at the same time aimed at predicting the amount of traffic that will use the Cispadano corridor in the medium-long term. The results obtained went beyond the working life of the infrastructure (2025) and showed that it would become necessary to widen the motorway to three lanes. For this reason, space has already been left in the centre for constructing a third lane.

This choice led to building a road which occupies an overall space that will not need to be change. This has obvious economic, practical and land use advantages, and reduces the potential environmental impact of future building works.

Main focuses of the study: Optimization of soil consumption; Verification of geometry and functionality of interconnections and location of additional intermediate junctions; Limitation of interference; Containment and abatement of potential impacts.