Construction starts on Puente de Las Americas – Arraiján overpasses

With the placement of steel, concrete slabs and walls, in addition to the transverse beams and forms, the construction began on three of the five overpasses that are part of the project “Study, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Works for the Expansion and Rehabilitation of the Pan-American Highway, Section: Puente de Las Americas – Arraiján”.

As part of the work, interchanges will be built at the entrance to Cocolí, Howard, Loma Cová, Sector 7 de Septiembre, Via Centenario and Burunga.

The construction of three exchangers of the five has begun and of the exchanger Nº 1 located in Cocolí, work is carried out on the lower step consisting of steel placement, the concrete slab and the walls.

In addition, work is being carried out on the upper part of the transverse beams and slabs of the horseshoe-type Howard bridge exchanger; and on the two lower passes, type drawer, of exchange No. 3 that is located at the beginning of Loma Cova, which will connect the eight lanes with the Panamericana Highway and vice versa.

Another work that shows significant progress in this program is the construction of the ODT (transverse drainage works), which so far have been designed and built five single and double rain drains, as well as five pipelines of reinforced concrete of 1.80 meters in diameter.

The project “Study, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Works for the Expansion and Rehabilitation of the Pan-American Highway, Section: Bridge of the Americas – Arraiján”, contemplates an investment amounting to $335,564,373.92, which is executed by the Ministry of Public Works, through the Loma Cová Consortium.

The scope will include the adaptation of the entire road at a design speed of 100 kilometers per hour and an extension of three kilometers from the Centenary road from the Burunga exit to the Arraiján – La Chorrera expressway.

It should be noted that this project will contribute to improving the connectivity of the residents of the West Side to Panama and vice versa and includes a length of about 10 kilometers, will have roads that will be of three lanes, of one direction and two additional reversible central lanes, as well as collector roads to Howard, such as the widening of the bridge over the Velásquez river.

One of the necessities that this project demands is extension to eight lanes of the Panamericana Highway, Bridge of the Américas-Arraiján, which is the accelerated expansion experienced by the Western sector, which is why the construction of new infrastructures is warranted.

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