Fiat's return to the North American market revived a number of long-running jokes about the quality of Italian craftsmanship, and judging by the findings of JD Power and Consumer Reports, they aren't unwarranted. What we didn't know, though, was that Italy's public works are subject to similar questions of reliability, as evidenced by a brand-new, $20-million bridge in Sicily.

The Scorciavacche viaduct was completed three months ahead of schedule, connecting Palermo and Agrigento, but barely ten days after it opened to traffic, a portion of the road collapsed. Four people suffered minor injuries in what the company behind the bridge is calling an "abnormal subsidence," The Local reports.

"Somebody gave the green light but the work was not done properly," Italy's transport minister, Maurizio Lupi told The Local, adding that the collapse was "unheard of and unacceptable."

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi also blasted the incident, writing on Twitter that those responsible for the shoddy construction "will pay everything."

This is the second Sicilian bridge to collapse in barely six months, after the Petrussa bridge collapsed in July.

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