The Orte-Mestre highway will cross Central and Northern-Eastern Italy, from Orte to Mestre, passing through Perugia, Cesena and Ravenna, for a total of 396 kilometers. Another stretch is supposed to connect Orte to Civitavecchia. This is one of the most important project for impact and cost among those included in the law “Legge Obiettivo” approved in 2001 where it has been declared as an infrastructure of public interest in 2003.
The first design of the project was not accepted by the National Commission of VIA (Environmental Impact Evaluation) in 2007. Conversely, a 2009 updated version of the same project was finally granted the VIA in 2010.
Since 2003 several opinion committees and environmental groups have dealt with problems related to such highway construction. The Stop Or-Me National Network was born on Dec 11, 2010; this includes organizations, associations, social movements, committees and representatives of some political parties, which, in different areas, are fighting against the highway construction. The Stop Or-Me Network believes the highway construction is useless, expensive and demaging the environmental and sites of historical interest, it entails high consumption of soil, cementing of areas next to the junction, increase of air and noise pollution and of hydro-geological instability. In addition, it is a waste of public money and will only support undesirable construction business. The Stop Or-Me Network has recommended some more sustainable and less expensive alternatives such as safety measures for the road E-45 and state highway (SH) 309 Romea, better mantainance of the existing infrastructures (for example A-13 highway), strengthening of the sea and rail transport. On October 16th, 2014 the Stop Or-Me Network has joined the mobilization against the legislative decree "Sblocca Italia" because of the support this latter is intended to give to the useless highway construction. "Opzione Zero", a committee belonging to the Stop Or-Me Network, has asked to all the Deputies and Senators, especially those from the Veneto region, to present an amendment that deletes paragraph 2 of article 4 from the "Sblocca Italia" legislative decree. The paragraph 2 is considered dangerous because it bypasses the Nov 10th 2014 Court of Auditors' negative order about the approval from the CIPE (Comitato Internazionale per la Programmazione Economica: International Committee for the Economic Planning) for the highway construction. On November 14th, 2014 a strike was called by the Stop Or-Me Network, labor union, social movements, occasional workers and students in order to show disagreement with the highway construction.