Our highway was developed step by step following the economic and social growth in Italy. In the 1960s, the country set itself in motion, broadened its horizons and goals, and began to think about appropriate solutions for upcoming needs. Overcoming the slow years of post-war reconstruction, Italy has entered a phase of growth driven by the indications coming from Europe, thus looking to the future with a new spirit.
The car was certainly the icon of a new era that in those years began to be increasingly familiar and an alternative for the slow and crowded buses and train carriages. With a view to development, SALT, Società Autostrada Ligure Toscana, was founded.
The need for fast and effective communication, the perspective of economic and tourist relations have pushed public administrators and commercial operators to evaluate innovative strategies, in order to overcome the natural obstacles that in the Genoa-Livorno stretch were represented by the Bracco mountain range.
The opening of the construction sites of the initial section of the Sestri Levante – Livorno highway dates back to November 11, 1964: the first highway strip was the Viareggio – Pisa segment, which opened to traffic in June 1967.
So much road, so many journeys and projects have been developed in recent years to achieve a road system that is well-organized and fully incorporated into the shape of the coastal territory that from Tuscany goes around a part of Liguria, crossing the province of La Spezia up to Sestri Levante.
Since November 1, 2017, SALT has merged by incorporation with Autocamionale della Cisa S.p.A., a highway that crosses the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and goes up the Taro Valley from Parma to the Cisa Pass, then descends along the Magra Valley down to the port city of La Spezia along a route of very ancient origins.