Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela will deliver the order to proceed for the construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal on Tuesday, a work of 1,420 million dollars by a Chinese consortium that, in addition to vehicles, it will give way to the line 3 of the metro.
The president will make "delivery of the order to proceed of the megaproject, design and construction of the Fourth Bridge on the Panama Canal", in an act at the International Maritime University of Panama, the Ministry of Public Works reported today.
The delivery of this work, the first of a large amount by a Chinese consortium, will take place after the historic official visit to Panama of President Xi Jinping on Monday, who is expected to sign more than a dozen cooperation agreements between the two nations, which entered into diplomatic ties in June 2017.
The Ministry of Public Works and the Panama Fourth Bridge Consortium, formed by the companies China Communications Construction Company LTD and China Harbor Engineering Company LTD, signed on November 9 the contract for the construction of the work, "for an amount of investment per 1,420,027,324.73 dollars," reported then the Panamanian infrastructure office.
The Ministry then said that the bridge, designed for a useful life of 100 years, will benefit more than 1.7 million inhabitants, and seeks to "alleviate the situation of the Las Americas bridge", one of the most emblematic in the country, and "absorb the future demand in this area, estimated at 70,000 vehicles daily according to the records of 2017".
He specified that the road system of this work will be composed "of a main cable-stayed bridge" with viaducts and distributors "that add up to 34 kilometers between roads and ramps".
"The main bridge will have a gauge of 75 meters and a width of 51 meters, and will be of the cable-stayed type to save a main light of 510 meters and side lights that add up to 251 meters on each side. It will have three lanes in each direction and two central lines for monorail for Line 3 of the Panama Metro," he added.
It will have a traffic control system that includes variable signaling, automatic detection of incidents and traffic control cameras, while the toll system will be barrier-free at normal speed under new reading frames, according to the same source.
On June 29, the consortium integrated by Chinese companies presented the offer of 1.420 million dollars for the design and construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal and remained as the only group participating in the tender.
The Italian-American consortium Astaldi-Daelin, which was disqualified from the tender for submitting an economic offer well below the reference price, then filed a claim, which was admitted but failed.
The Spanish group Dragados Sucursal Panama, with an offer of 1,812 million dollars, withdrew from the tender, while the other two participants were disqualified, according to official information then released.