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UPDATE 1-Atlantia's motorway unit to pick outside company for safety inspections

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MILAN, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Infrastructure group Atlantia will hand monitoring and safety checks of its Italian motorway network to an outside company after the deadly collapse of a bridge operated by its toll-road unit, the subsidiary said on Tuesday.

Atlantia's Autostrade per l'Italia unit said these services would no longer be handled by Atlantia's Spea Engineering unit, which is at the heart of a criminal probe stemming from the bridge collapse in 2018.

Atlantia and its units have denied any wrongdoing.

Following the Genoa disaster, several employees at Autostrade and Spea were put under investigation for allegedly falsifying safety reports on nine bridges operated by Atlantia's motorway unit, two sources told Reuters.

The two subsidiaries of Atlantia, which is controlled by the Benetton family famous for its clothing label, are also formal suspects in a separate enquiry over the Genoa bridge.

Autostrade CEO Roberto Tomasi on Tuesday outlined to board members a plan to spend an additional 360 million euros ($400 million) for maintenance work on the motorway network.

Ruling party 5-Star Movement has repeatedly urged the government to strip Autostrade of its motorway concession, which accounts for one-third of group core earnings. ($1 = 0.8989 euros)

(Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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