Begin Operations third bridge over the Panama Canal, the longest country

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama opened the third bridge over the canal connecting the Atlantic, becoming the longest in the country with a length of 4.6 kilometers, whose construction exceeded $500 millions.

The infrastructure is located three kilometers from the complex of the Gatun Locks and Agua Clara in Columbus 75 meters above sea level, and has four lanes for vehicular traffic communicated over 40 thousand people who previously moved through ferri.

The Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano said the mega infrastructure as well as being crucial for the country's development, "A world record is recorded"as cable-stayed bridge prestressed concrete, with the central lumen — space between the central columns – longest in the world 530 meters.

the bridge, built by the French company Vinci, It is part of the commitments of the waterway after the referendum in 2006 Panamanians allowed to decide for the expansion of the waterway with a new set of locks which currently represent 50% Canal revenue.

Quijano said the construction of the bridge started in 2013 optimizes the operations of the seaway and enhance the development of the Atlantic area, by providing a connection to the rest of the country, in addition to boosting trade, The tourism, and agricultural activities.

For project implementation, which it included concrete cable-stayed road bridge and its approaches, It was needed 175,760 cubic meters of concrete and 36,900 tons of steel reinforced.

The inauguration of the mega work was led by Laurentino Cortizo President.