Economic news agency Radiocor reported that Italy's motorway agency had recently launched a €20-million tender for work on the viaduct.
"I heard a noise and saw that the road was collapsing and it scared me a lot", the 33-year-old revealed afterwards.
Some 440 people were evacuated from buildings near by.
That bridge "has also experienced problems during its life, so it could be that the design implies a need for a greater degree of maintenance than normal", Mr Firth said.
Images from the scene showed a mangled mass of buckled vehicles and slabs of bitumen torn up as the bridge, built in the late 1960s, came tumbling down.
Investigators, meanwhile, were working to determine what caused an 80-meter (260-foot) long stretch of highway to break off from the 45-meter (150-foot) high bridge in the northwestern port city.
Fifteen people were injured, authorities said.
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"In the sad history of bridge collapses, maintenance has sometimes been a factor, if it is poorly planned or implemented", Mr Firth said.
At least 39 people have died and around 400 firefighters are searching the rubble for survivors.
Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said he was following events in Genoa "up to the minute" and thanked the emergency services for their swift response.
Italy's transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, said on Wednesday he had begun a process to fire the bridge's concession-holder, Italian motorway firm Autostrade, a unit of Atlantia group, and he demanded top Autostrade managers resign.
"We should ask ourselves whether respecting these limits is more important than the safety of Italian citizens", he said.
While that remained the official death toll, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said from Genoa that the number would rise.
Footage captured the moment the rescue workers retrieved a man who had been caught in the mangled ruins of his vehicle, suspended in the air after the collapse of the bridge.
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"These kind of tragedies can not and should not happen in a civil country", Italy's transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, told the Italian TV channel TG1.
Colin Caprani, senior lecturer in Structural Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, said bridges "are not set-and-forget pieces of infrastructure", arguing that as the structures age, collapses like the Morandi bridge are likely to become more common occurrences.
The government has already pledged to increase public investment and lobby the European Commission to have the extra spending excluded from EU deficit calculations.
A family of three who were driving to Sardinia for a holiday were reportedly among those killed in a bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy.
However, Prof. Brencich did not say at the time that it was in danger of collapsing, but that it required continuous improvements and maintenance and that eventually it would have to be torn down and replaced. The motorway it carries is a major artery from northern Italy's industrial centres to the Italian Riviera and to France's southern coast.
Agrawal said that if the maintenance operation was something to do with any of the cables, it would have been a sufficient risk to have prompted many agencies in the USA to close it during renovation.
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