Panama Canal’s Atlantic-Side Bridge Contracted

Nov. 6, 2012

The contract to build a bridge on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal was awarded to Vinci Construction Grands Projets, whose winning bid was $365,979,472.39.

The bridge design was inspired by similar infrastructure work in countries such as Spain, Korea, France, China and Japan. The double-plane, twin pylon, cable-stayed bridge will feature two lanes of traffic in each direction. Its length will be 4.6 kilometers and it will stand 75 meters above sea level.

The bridge will be located 3 kilometers North of Gatun Locks and the new Post-Panamax locks on the Atlantic side province of Colon. Once completed, it will benefit neighboring communities as it will expedite crossing over the Canal. The bridge will be built with reinforced concrete.

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