MOP receives proposals for fourth bridge over the Canal

Panama’s Ministry of Public Works (MOP) received the proposals from the four prequalified consortia for the design and construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal.

At the ceremony, held in the Yellow Room of the Presidency of the Republic, the companies presented their proposals: Consortium Panama Fourth Bridge, made up by China Communications Construction Company Ltd/China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd; Dragados Sucursal Panamá, S.A.; Astaldi Consortium – DAELIM conformed by Astaldi S.P.A./ DAELIM Industrial Co., Ltd; and the Consortium Fourth Bridge CSCEC – CREC integrated by China State Costruction Engineering Coporration Ltd./China Railway Group Limited.

Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, said that “today is a great day for Panama, because it starts the second most important megaproject for the country that will also give viability to Line 3 of the Metro and is great news for all residents of the West sector and across the country.”

Fourth bridge over the Canal.

Fourth bridge over the Canal.

The process will have an independent Evaluation Committee to determine the company that will be awarded this mega project, said the President.

The Minister of Public Works, Ramón Arosemena, said that the project seeks better connectivity from Panama City to the West side, which in addition to incorporating Line 3 of the Metro, contemplates the construction of two exchangers: Albrook in front of the Marco A. Gelabert Airport and a western connection with the Panamerican Highway and Veracruz.

“What is wanted with this megaproject is to achieve greater traffic efficiency, in conjunction with the eight-lane extension of the Bridge of the Américas to Arraijan,” he said.

Arosemena explained that the project will benefit more than 1.7 million users, as well as the industrial and service sectors throughout Panama.

Characteristics

The main bridge construction will be symmetrical, with a total approximate length between expansion joints of 1118 meters, consisting of two inverted Y-shaped towers and cables in two planes with semi-harp configuration.

It will be a combined bridge (road and monorail – Line 3 of the Panama Metro). The vehicular route contemplates two separated roads of three lanes each with expansion to four lanes in the future and a double track for the monorail in the central part of the bridge.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *