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 (ô′tō-strä′də, ou′tō-)
An expressway in Italy or another area where Italian is spoken.

[Italian : auto, automobile; see auto + strada, street (from Late Latin strāta, paved road; see street).]


(Automotive Engineering) an Italian motorway
[from Italian, from auto car + strada road]


(ˈɔ toʊˌstrɑ də, ˈaʊ toʊ-)

n., pl. -stra•das, -stra•de (-ˌstrɑ deɪ)
(in Italy) a divided highway connecting major cities.
[1925–30; < Italian, =auto auto + strada road « Latin (via) strāta; see street]
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Noun1.autostrada - an expressway in an Italian-speaking countryautostrada - an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway - a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
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Despite Atlantia, the Italian infrastructure group, denying claims its subsidiary neglected maintenance of the bridge, a report has suggested that it had a series of safety problems in the 10 years before the disaster, and that investigations took place every year bar two between 2009 and 2017, after issues were flagged by the local Autostrade office.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which governs in a populist coalition, has been very critical of Atlantia, whose subsidiary Autostrade was in charge of maintaining a large suspension bridge that collapsed in Genoa last year.
Last August families, tourists and workers fell to their deaths and 600 people lost homes when the cable stays broke on the bridge, operated by Autostrade per L-Italia.
Nearly 600 people, residing close to the bridge, lost their homes in the collapse and were relocated with the financial support of 'Autostrade per l'Italia' (Highways for Italy), the private company that operated the bridge.
It remains unclear whether the government will keep its promise to revoke the concession of toll road operator Autostrade per l'Italia, a unit of infrastructure group Atlantia which was in charge of the bridge's maintenance.
Securities and Exchange Commission, said that state support is not factored into the ratings of Italian transport infrastructure groups such as Atlantia SpA (BBB+/RWN), Autostrade per l'Italia S.p.A.
Since the tragedy, a fierce debate has erupted about who is responsible - the government or private firm Autostrade per l'Italia, which takes toll profits in return for maintaining the bridge.
Bridge operator Autostrade per l'Italia said it had carried out regular, sophisticated checks on the structure before the disaster and these had provided reassuring results.
Top executives of Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia, which managed the bridge, expressed sadness for the victims on Saturday and vowed to set up a fund for their families.
Davide spoke as Italy's government demanded that toll-road operators Autostrade rebuild the bridge at their own expense.
Atlantia's prime asset is Autostrade per l'Italia, which operates the A10 highway where a segment of the overpass collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least 39 people.