Bad weather in Sicily, haulage: mud-invaded roads and late trains


Bad weather sends tilt in transport in Sicily. The main problems involved the railway line in the last few hours. The intercity to Rome is delayed by more than two hours. The train left from Palermo (1958) arrived in Messina with a delay of 135 minutes because it remained in San Piero Patti for a long time due to the fall of the high voltage cable.

The train departed from Syracuse (1562), which joins the convoy from Palermo to form the inter-city for the capital, is 105 minutes late due to bad weather.

Strong discomforts also on the highway 113 Northern Sicula, temporarily closed to traffic, in both directions, at the height of Gioiosa Marea, in the province of Messina, due to the presence of boulders and debris accumulated due to bad weather. The Anas reports this.

Yesterday, however, the abundant rains slowed the rail traffic on the Caltanissetta-Gela line and suspended the stretch between Dittaino and Motta in the Trapani area. The train service on the Messina – Catania – Syracuse, Catania – Palermo and Trapanese lines was rescheduled with possible reductions. The technicians of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (FS Italiane Group) are working to verify the condition of the lines.

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Difficulties even for motorists. In the province of Agrigentino the most critical situation. The Road Infrastructure sector of the former Province has temporarily closed the Spr – ex regional road 24 Agrigento-Cattolica Eraclea to traffic, completely invaded at several points by considerable quantities of mud and debris flows coming from the land adjacent to the roadway. Contractors and vehicles of the Free Consortium are already at work to restore transitability. Meanwhile, the provincial 17-B Siculiana-Raffadali road was opened to traffic, closed yesterday due to the flooding of the roadway at km 0 + 100 due to the overflow of a valley.
The situation is also serious along the state road 288 "of Aidone" which yesterday was closed to traffic in both directions between km 4 and km 8, near the town of Ramacca, due to the presence of mud and debris.

The provincial road 10 "Ponte Olivo", which connects Niscemi to the Gela-Catania state road, is closed. Because of the bad weather, a half-meter chasm it opened on a part of the road and so the Free Consortium of Caltanissetta ordered the closure of the road, used by the Niscemese after the closure, at least a year ago, of Sp 12 for the collapse of the mantle.

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Yesterday the Free Municipal Consortium of Agrigento has closed the provincial road between Siculiana and Raffadali: the water level has in fact reached the height of a small bridge that crosses the road.

The connection of fast vehicles in the Strait of Messina was suspended due to adverse marine conditions. Moreover, again in the Reggio area, the railway traffic on the Monasterace-Roccella section was restored this morning, suspended due to the presence of debris on the tracks. The bad weather situation is monitored by the Prefecture of Reggio Calabria, in contact with the COC activated throughout the provincial territory.

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