The Col Margherita cable car lift to the Passo San Pellegrino has re-opened after being forced to close these last few days.
Engineer Franco Corso, Technical Manager for Consorzio Impianti a Fune Trevalli, announced the happy news. “It took enormous effort to reduce the inconveniences to tourists and skiers and bring the lift up to safety codes in the least time possible. The staff for the cable car management companies called Funivia Col Margherita Spa, Impianti Falcade-Col Margherita Spa and Catinaccio took turns working overtime day and night, nonstop, along with engineers Fabio Degasperi and Nicola Orsi from the Province of Trento cable lift services (Servizio Impianti a Fune della Provincia di Trento), the fire brigades from Fiemme and Fassa coordinated by chief inspector Stefano Sandri and the Permanent Fire Brigade from Trento, engineers Agostino Dallago, Luigi Cicolini, Mauro Croce, Mauro Naletto and Ferruccio Levi, as well as Alpine Rescue (Soccorso Alpino). Now after a few days the Col Margherita cable car lift is operating again.”
Here are some more the details on the project: in order to restore the stability and safety conditions of the Col Margherita funicular lift, work was performed to remove the weight of the snow from the roof of the valley station, reinforce the carpentry structure and re-stabilize the central girders for the four central longitudinal IPE 55 beams, which had partially collapsed, through a framework of four windproof towers with a base of 2 x 2 m, connected to the core of the longitudinal beams via regularly spaced bands welded with underlying gauges. These beams were placed along the loading dock, which was prudently reinforced with armoured building supports that can bear a nominal load of more than 3000 Kg each.
The Col Margherita funicular lift is the central nervous system for the interchange network between the Veneto and Trentino. “We did everything we could to try to finish the job as quickly as possible and re-open the cable lift. Our timely intervention avoided a significant negative impact on the internal economy of the entire territory, as well as local tourism,” explains President of the Col Margherita funicular lift, Mauro Vendruscolo. “Therefore we must give a heartfelt and well-deserved thank you to all the people who once again have proven their immense professionalism, sense of responsibility and affection to their territory. This spirit of teamwork is the real source of strength behind the lift facilities for Dolomiti Superski.”