The project of a bridge over the Sixaola River, on the border of Panama and Costa Rica, valued at $17.5 million, took a new step with the validation of the design of the work, while the dismantling of the old structure in place now reaches 85 percent.
The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) of Panama reported today that "with the validation of the design, Panama and Costa Rica began the construction of the new bridge", a work undertaken by the Binational Sixaola Consortium.
The consortium is comprised of the companies Constructora Meco of Costa Rica and the Mexican companies Cal y Mayor Asociados and MEXPRESA, while the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the executor of the project, said the Panamanian Ministry.
It said that "progress is being made in the dismantling of the old structure, registering 85 percent", and stressed that the new bridge will have a length of 260 meters, with capacity for two lanes, one per traffic direction.
The work will also have access ramps for pedestrians and cyclists, and will be equipped with lighting, drainage and signaling systems, both horizontal and vertical.
In parallel, a provisional platform is built on which the equipment will operate during the construction phase of the new bridge and the personnel in charge of the development of the work, which is 90 percent complete, added Panamanian official information.
And as part of the start of the construction of the new bridge, the building of structured reinforcement for support piles is advanced.
"To facilitate coordination and expedite the work, a procedure was approved that seeks to regulate the operational movement in the border area between Panama and Costa Rica, allowing the proper functioning of migration services, customs, and phytosanitary offices. The offices of these units are in a phase of relocation," said the Panamanian Ministry.
The MOP recalled that the project is financed with a non-reimbursable contribution of $10 million from the Infrastructure Fund of Mesoamerica, and with a counterpart of $ 7.5 million distributed equally between the Costa Rican and Panamanian governments.
"This new structure will strengthen Central American road integration and contribute to safe and efficient transit for people crossing the border, increasing tourist and commercial activity," said the government of Panama.